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What hurts the dominant airlines at hub airports?

Xavier Fageda

Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 2014, vol. 70, issue C, 177-189

Abstract: This paper estimates a frequency equation to explain the determinants of network airline service levels at their hub airports. Drawing on European data for 2002–2013, we find that network airlines reduce frequencies when the share of low-cost airlines increases both on the route and at the hub airport. On the contrary, frequency choices of network airlines are not affected by competition from low-cost airlines operating in nearby secondary airports. We also find some evidence that mergers in Europe may result in a re-organization of the route structure in favor of the hubs of the larger airline.

Keywords: Hub airports; Competition; Network airlines; Low-cost airlines (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.tre.2014.07.002

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