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Air passengers’ willingness to pay for counter check-in services

Chung-Wei Kuo and Rong-Chang Jou

Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 2018, vol. 107, issue C, 203-215

Abstract: The airline industry employs a variety of self-service technologies (including kiosks and web check-in services) that can increase efficiency and save time for passengers, mainly due to the fact that air passengers can complete their check-in procedures by themselves. Since the self-service check-in has not been widely utilized in Taiwan, this study mainly investigated factors that influence the willingness to pay (WTP) for choosing counter check-in services. Due to a large portion of our survey air passengers (58.5%) being unwilling to pay any fee at all, the spike model was adopted with a triple bound dichotomous choice survey in order to avoid estimation errors. Two types of trip lengths, short and medium/long, were investigated to gain insights into the effects of distance on the willingness to pay (WTP) for choosing counter services. The estimation results showed that the WTP for medium/long distances was higher than short distances. These findings could be used to guide managerial strategy as well as future research.

Keywords: Countercheck-in; WTP; Spike model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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