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Scheduled service versus personal transportation: the role of distance

Volodymyr Bilotkach, Xavier Fageda and Ricardo Flores-Fillol
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Ricardo Flores-Fillol: Universitat Rovira i Virgili

No XREAP2008-13, Working Papers from Xarxa de Referència en Economia Aplicada (XREAP)

Abstract: This paper analyzes both theoretically and empirically the relationship between distance and frequency of scheduled transportation services. We study the interaction between a monopoly firm providing high-speed scheduled service and personal trans- portation (i.e., car). Most interestingly, the carrier chooses to increase frequency of service on longer routes when competing with personal transportation because provid- ing a higher frequency (at extra cost) it can also charge higher fares that can boost its profits. However, when driving is not a relevant option, frequency of service de- creases for longer flights consistently with prior studies. An empirical application of our analysis to the European airline industry con?rms the predictions of our theoretical model.

Keywords: Short-haul routes; long-haul routes; flight frequency; distance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L13 L2 L93 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 45 pages
Date: 2008-12, Revised 2008-12
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