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01.09.2014 | Original Paper | Ausgabe 3/2014 Open Access

European Transport Research Review 3/2014

Selecting the appropriate public transportation system to access the Sari International Airport by fuzzy decision making

European Transport Research Review > Ausgabe 3/2014
GholamAli Shafabakhsh, Mansour Hadjihoseinlou, Seyed Ali Taghizadeh



Air travel is the fastest way for transporting goods and human; therefore, the airports are vital parts of transportation industry. Since airports are considered as tourism gates, they have a great influence on tourism sector and sub-domains economic. Sari is a city with many tourist attractions and has been known as the center of tourism in the north of Iran. Unfortunately because of the relatively long distance between Sari International Airport and the city and suburbs besides the lack of the proper access to these areas, tourists and businessmen didn't consider it as beginning or ending point of their travels, so Sari International Airport missed its deserving air traffic. The goal of this research is to find the appropriate public transportation system amongst options to access this airport. This is the first time that the presented method is being used for selecting one public transportation system to access airport.


This research has been done by using paired comparison for effective parameters of this selection by the decision makers, and determining the weight of parameters by using the Mikhailov method in fuzzy analytical hierarchy process.


Finally the train system was proposed as the most appropriate public transportation system by using TOPSIS technique.
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