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The scope for low-cost connecting services in Europe — Is self-hubbing only the beginning?

Maertens, Sven and Pabst, Holger and Grimme, Wolfgang (2016) The scope for low-cost connecting services in Europe — Is self-hubbing only the beginning? Research in Transportation Business & Management, 21, pp. 84-93. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.rtbm.2016.08.004 ISSN 2210-5395

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2210539516300864


To comply with the simplicity principle of the archetypical low-cost carrier (LCC) business model, most LCCs do not actively offer connecting flights. Given the overall growth of the sector, more and more transfer opportunities between LCC flights have however emerged – albeit mostly as “self-hubbing” under the radar of airlines and airports. This paper assesses this transfer potential between LCC services in Europe over time, relative to the network of the full service network carriers (FSNCs). An SQL-based approach is applied to identify the number of marketable one-stop connections and airport-pairs from Official Airline Guide (OAG) schedules, considering pre-defined restrictions for connecting times and detour factors. The results indicate that the European LCC network now allows for about 162 k weekly one-stop connections, which is a big rise since 2006 but still far below the almost 725 k connections offered by the network carriers. At airport-pair level, though, the low-cost sector already comes relatively close to the network carriers (15.9 k vs. 25.3 k). The paper further identifies Barcelona, London Gatwick and London Stansted as largest potential transfer airports for low-cost connections and provides an overview of the most frequently served indirect airport-pairs. Finally, some operational and commercial restrictions are discussed that should be overcome to fully exploit the identified potential of flight connections between LCCs. This includes the questions of missed connections and baggage through-handling.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/107417/
Document Type:Article
Title:The scope for low-cost connecting services in Europe — Is self-hubbing only the beginning?
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Maertens, Svensven.maertens (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4618-0946
Pabst, HolgerHolger.Pabst (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Grimme, Wolfgangwolfgang.grimme (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:December 2016
Journal or Publication Title:Research in Transportation Business & Management
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.rtbm.2016.08.004
Page Range:pp. 84-93
Brooks, M.R.Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Ison, S.Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK
Keywords:Low-cost carriers; Airline networks; Self-hubbing; Connecting flights
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt II (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Air Transport and Airport Research > Air Transport Research
Deposited By: Maertens, Dr. Sven
Deposited On:08 Nov 2016 10:45
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:29

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