AIRLINE FRANCHISING IN EUROPE: BENEFITS AND DISBENEFITS TO AIRLINES AND CONSUMERS

Franchising has become an increasingly important commercial strategy for Europe's airlines as they seek to strengthen their position in the deregulated marketplace. This paper examines the practice of airline franchising in Europe since its inauguration by British Airways in 1993 and its subsequent adoption by most of the other air carriers. The advantages and disadvantages for both franchisor and franchisee airlines are investigated, drawing upon evidence from the operation of scheduled air services in Europe. Consideration is then given to the benefits claimed for consumers and the effect of franchising on competition. A generally positive picture arises, particularly in international markets. There are however incipient signs that where franchising leads to one major carrier becoming too dominant in its domestic market, the scope for competition and new entry is becoming suppressed.

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    Elsevier

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    Kidlington, Oxford  United Kingdom  OX5 1GB
  • Authors:
    • Denton, N
    • Dennis, N
  • Publication Date: 2000-10

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00800867
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 2000 12:00AM