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The development of the competitive position of airlines on the North Atlantic

Maertens, Sven (2018) The development of the competitive position of airlines on the North Atlantic. Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, 17 (2), pp. 217-236. DePaul University. ISSN 1934-7170.

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In spite of high growth rates in the Eastern Hemisphere, the North Atlantic is still the world's largest intercontinental air transport market . In this battlefield, perceived airline concentration initially seemed to increase in the light of post-9/11 capacity reductions which were followed by mergers, the formation of joint ventures and increasing fuel prices. In the 2010s then, with fuel prices remaining at constantly low levels, one could however observe the inauguration of many new routes, to some extent also driven by new “long haul low cost” business ventures. Against this background, the market positions of airlines on the Europe/North America axis is assumed to have changed over years. The quantification of an airline’s competitive position is, however, not trivial as carriers do not only compete on direct routings but serve many different, direct and indirect, origin-destination (OD) markets with varying degrees of competition. At the end of the day, networks compete against each other, and “traditional”competition assessments at the airport- or direct route-levels will not reflect the whole picture. Fed OD data from Sabre Market Intelligence, this paper applies a modelling approach capable of assessing the individual competitive positions (CP) of airlines at their whole network (OD) level to the transatlantic market. Our results for four selected years between 2002 and 2016 indicate sometimes volatile, but generally decreasing CPs in the long run, as well as higher CPs for geographically specialized airlines and for dedicated leisure carriers.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/120197/
Document Type:Article
Title:The development of the competitive position of airlines on the North Atlantic
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Maertens, Svensven.maertens (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4618-0946
Date:May 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Issues in Aviation Law and Policy
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 217-236
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Schwietermann, Joseph P.DePaul UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:DePaul University
Keywords:airline competition, market power, competitive position, transatlantic air transport market
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 - Ökonver (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Air Transport and Airport Research > Air Transport Research
Deposited By: Maertens, Dr. Sven
Deposited On:11 Jun 2018 12:10
Last Modified:23 Jul 2022 13:44

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