In the last decades, low-cost carriers LCCs have generated several changes in the air market for both passengers and airports. Mainly for regional airports, LCCs have represented an important opportunity to improve their connectivity levels and passenger traffic.
Furthermore, many regional airports have become key factors to regenerate the local economy by improving accessibility and stimulating several markets, such as tourism. However, the relationship between LCCs and airports is rather complex and the outcomes not always predictable. Starting from the proposed Relative Closeness Index, which combines yearly airport passengers and distance between airport pairs, a large sample of European airports is analyzed.
Then, a smaller sub-sample — which includes selected, significant case studies referring to mid-sized airports — is discussed in detail. Among the main findings, airports sharing their catchment area with others are in a very risky position, due to the potential mobility of LCCs, while geographically isolated airports in good catchment areas can better counterbalance the power of carriers.
Beria, P. Please share your general feedback. Particularly, an efficient use of resources suggests considering the role of existing, regional airports before starting the building of new airports.
In this light, this book gives an overview of the main topics concerning the different aspects of the potential development of regional airports. In particular it covers the economic aspects, the role of low-cost companies, the air demand modeling, the airport, airline and access mode choices, the relationships between hub capacity constraints and regional airports growth, together with an overview of the main tendencies, strategies and policies that have been started in the European Union EU and Asia.
Examples of different airports throughout the world are presented as test cases with respect to the various aspects. WIT Press.