Airline network competition: Full-service airlines, low-cost airlines and long-haul markets

Eric Pels*

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The paper discusses airline network competition. Low-cost airlines and conventional airlines have distinctly different strategies and network types. This determines their ability to compete with other airlines in specific markets. The paper discusses the lack of competition between conventional airlines in local markets, and sees why low-cost airlines are the primary source of competition in such markets. Conventional airlines are relatively strong on long-haul markets, using their networks to keep costs per seat relatively low. Charter airlines show that a long-haul low-cost strategy is feasible For scheduled low-cost airlines, this may be more difficult, but this does not automatically mean that low-cost airlines cannot enter thick long-haul markets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-74
Number of pages7
JournalResearch in Transportation Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2009


  • Airlines
  • Deregulation
  • Low-cost airlines
  • Network competition


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