Martin Dresner


Martin Dresner received his Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on two broad areas, air transport policy and logistics management. Professionally, he is President of the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) and a past president of the Transportation and Public Utilities Group (TPUG) of the Allied Social Sciences Association and of the Transportation Research Forum (TRF). 

Dresner Delivers Keynote at Air Transport Conference

Martin Dresner, professor at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, delivered the keynote speech at the Conference on Air Transport, Regional Development and Policy. The conference took place in February 2017 at the University of Bergamo in Italy.

Dresner presented “Gains (And Losses) Through Connectivity,” which explored how market entry is affecting the U.S. airline industry.

No-Frills, Not Even a Carry-On: Would You Fly Basic Class?

United Airlines is the latest major U.S. airline to unveil a new price point for budget travelers – basic economy – a flight with so few perks its critics have dubbed it the "misery class." You’ll pay a reduced fare – basic economy is aimed at helping United steal back share from low-cost competitors – but, in exchange, you’ll be the last passengers to board, you’ll agree to whatever automated seat assignment you’re given at check-in (even if it means not sitting with your travel companions), and you won’t dare use the overhead storage compartments. It might be just the ticket for airlines, and for flexible travelers whose chief concern is price, says Smith School Professor Roland Rust. But what will it mean for United's brand? Read more...

How New Baggage Rules Will Affect Travelers, Airlines

Air passengers are poised for improved baggage handling as a result of a broader set of forthcoming rule changes from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Smith School professor Martin Dresner says the new rules won't significantly hurt airlines, which already do a pretty good job of delivering bags reliably and on time. He says one possible winner might be Southwest Airlines. Read more...

Here’s Something U.S. Airports Do Well

Travelers who admire airport efficiency should book their next flight through Atlanta. For the 13th consecutive year, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport placed first for airport performance in an annual global ranking from the Air Transport Research Society, headquartered at the Smith School. U.S. airports excel at doing more with less, but other rankings suggest the same airports lag in service quality. Smith School professor Martin Dresner explains why. Read more...

Blame Baggage Fees for Long Airport Lines?

Lines at some airports have gotten nightmarish as travelers head into the summer's first holiday weekend. As a result, two U.S. senators have called on airlines to stop charging fees for checked bags as a way to reduce the burden on TSA screeners. Research from Smith School professor Martin Dresner at three Washington-Baltimore airports show how baggage fees do indeed significantly change consumer behavior. Read more...

Korean Companies look to U.S. While Dreaming of a 'New Silk Road'

When the South Korean President Park Geun-hye visited Washington, DC, last week, she brought along a small army of business representatives: 166 in all. The reason isn't a mystery: Korea's growth is slowing, falling to about 2.7 percent from 6 percent just a few years ago. The country's biggest single trading partner is China, which is slumping. Read more...

Not-So-Friendly Skies

American, Delta and United are going to legal war against the Gulf Carriers — Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. They want the Gulf carriers' access to U.S. airports to be limited, because, they say, those carriers are state-supported and therefore have an unfair advantage in competition. Under an arrangement known as "open skies," airlines of many nations can freely compete on international routes, so long as they don't receive subsidies. Smith School professor Martin Dresner, who studies the airline industry, weighs in. Read more...


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