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Airline Deregulation, Market Competition, and Impact of High-speed Rail on Airlines in China

Hangjun Yang, Qiong Zhang and Qiang Wang

A chapter in Airline Economics in Asia, 2018, vol. 7, pp 79-101 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract In this chapter, we will review the history, deregulation, policy reforms, and airline consolidations and mergers of the Chinese airline industry. The measurement of airline competition in China’s domestic market will also be discussed. Although air deregulation is still ongoing, the Chinese airline industry has become a market-driven business subject to some mild regulations. Then, we will review the impressive development of the high-speed rail (HSR) network in China and its effects on the domestic civil aviation market. In general, previous studies have found that the introduction of HSR services has a significant negative impact on airfare and air travel demand in China. The rapidly expanding network of HSR has important policy implications for Chinese airlines.

Keywords: Airline deregulation; market competition; high-speed rail; China; airline mergers; market-driven business; L43; L92; L93 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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