Entry and exit by European low-cost and traditional carriers

Maria José Gil-Moltó, Claudio A. Piga

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The authors analyse the entry and exit activity in the UK-Europe airline markets and study the differential traits of three main airlines (British Airways, EasyJet and RyanAir) during 1997-2004. They find that entry and exit are more likely in large markets and in markets with a high number of incumbents. Already operating in the city-pair enhances the probability that the same firm will enter another route in the same city-pair. The existence of charter flights generates both entries and exits, while high seasonality generally discourages entry. Also, the level of service quality provided by the incumbents matters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-598
Number of pages22
JournalTourism Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


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