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Flight cancellations and airline alliances: Empirical evidence from Europe

Marco Alderighi and Alberto Gaggero ()

Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 2018, vol. 116, issue C, 90-101

Abstract: We show that participating in an airline global alliance significantly increases the likelihood of canceling a flight: an airline is more prone to cancel a flight once it can rely on its partners’ network. Alliance membership increases the value of the airline’s own network, enlarges route and hub dominance, and simplifies the re-routing of stranded passengers. Since flight cancellation may be affected by carriers’ behavior, the frequency of cancellations and their implied inconveniences to consumers should be taken into consideration by regulatory authorities.

Keywords: Airline alliance; Competition; Flight cancellation; Oneworld; Sky Team; Star Alliance; C25; D40; L93 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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