3 February 2005
Madrid, February 2005. Petr Cech, Czech graduate of the International MBA programme at IE, has won the annual research paper competition run by TIACA - The International Air Cargo Association. Cech won the competition with his study of how air cargo services impact businesses located near airports.
Cech, who holds a degree in aeronautical engineering from the Technical University of Prague and the International MBA from Instituto de Empresa, will receive a prize of $1,000 from TIACA for his research into the attractiveness of an area for the creation and retention of job opportunities; the impact on economic growth; and the impact on added value created by employees and the improvement of efficiency and competitiveness.
Cech’s research compared seventeen airports in the United States that have similar surrounding area populations. He divided these airports into seven groups according to the number of airports to which they connect, the volume of cargo handled, and the frequency of flight services.
“Air cargo services can have a catalytic effect on a region,” says Cech. “That is, they serve as an agent for positive change and have a broad impact on company location decisions, inward investments, higher productivity, competitiveness and export promotion”. Cech went on to underscore the fact that this impact can vary from airport to airport, depending on a region’s demographics, industry and other issues.