Combined Effects of Capacity and Time on Fares: Insights from the Yield Management of a Low-Cost Airline

Marco Alderighi, Marcella Nicolini, Claudio A. Piga

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Based on two strands of theoretical research, this paper provides new evidence on how fares are jointly affected by in-flight seat availability and purchasing date. As capacity-based theories predict, it emerges that fares monotonically and substantially increase with flight occupancy. After controlling for capacity utilization, our analysis also supports time-based theories, indicating a U-shaped temporal profile over a two-month booking period, as well as a sharp increase in fares in the two weeks prior to departure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-915
Number of pages16
JournalReview of Economics and Statistics
Issue number4
Early online date28 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


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