THE IMPACT OF DISCOUNT AIRLINES ON DOMESTIC FARES IN CANADA

The oligopolistic tendencies of the airline industry are even more pronounced in Canada than in the U.S.; indeed, in the late 1990s, only 2 airlines--Air Canada and Canadian Airlines--account for about 80% of industry operating revenues according to the government ministry for transportation. In the face of such extreme market concentration, it might be expected that low-fare carriers would be especially important in suppressing fares of the major airlines. However, the impact of low-fare carriers in the Canadian context has not been tested empirically. The aim of this article is to determine whether the presence of a low-fare carrier on a domestic Canadian route suppresses the fares of the major airlines. Background material is first provided, followed by a regression analysis applied to data on 163 city-pairs within Canada to identify the effect, if any, of low-fare carriers on major airline fares. Lastly, the implications for public policy are briefly discussed.

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  • Accession Number: 00800383
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 15 2000 12:00AM