How Europe's Low-Cost Carriers Sidestepped Traditional Carriers' Competitive Advantages

Kristian Anders Hvass

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    The initial appearance of U.S. low-cost carriers forced incumbents to create new forms of competitive advantage. These were successful hindrances for nearly two decades. Concurrently, incumbents in Europe implemented similar tools, although within a regulated market. However, Europe's low-cost airlines were more successful and had a greater initial impact in their early years than their U.S. compatriots. This paper will attempt to highlight some of the differences between the two markets and explain why European low-cost airlines had more advantages following their market deregulation and sidestepped traditional carriers' competitive advantages.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
    PublisherCenter for Tourism and Cultural Management. Copenhagen Business School
    Number of pages49
    ISBN (Print)8799002159
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    SeriesTCM Working Paper Series
    Number1, part 1

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