Print page

Air Transport Liberalization

A Critical Assessment Edited by Matthias Finger, Professor, Management of Network Industries, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, Switzerland and Kenneth Button, University Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, US
This groundbreaking book offers a critical and wide-ranging assessment of the global air transport liberalization process over the past 40 years. This compilation of world experts on air transport economics, policy, and regulation is timely and significant, considering that air transport is currently facing a series of new challenges due to technological changes, the emergence of new markets, and increased security concerns.
Extent: 400 pp
Hardback Price: $170.00 Web: $153.00
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78643 185 1
Availability: In Stock
$0.00

Buy the E-Book @ paperback price

Join our mailing list

  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Regulation and Governance
  • Transport
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Regulation and Governance
This groundbreaking book offers a critical and wide-ranging assessment of the global air transport liberalization process over the past 40 years. This compilation of world experts on air transport economics, policy, and regulation is timely and significant, considering that air transport is currently facing a series of new challenges due to technological changes, the emergence of new markets, and increased security concerns.

The book initially explores liberalization within various geographical markets such as the United States, Australia, Ireland, the European Union, China, India, Latin America, and Africa. It expands upon this by addressing the main concerns that were initially leveled against air transport liberalization, including those involving safety, social services, market concentration, and the domination of hub airports as well as market instability.

This analysis of air transport and its regulation will be of interest to aviation professionals, regulators, researchers, and students who are taking courses in air transport, economic regulation, and contemporary transport history.
‘The 30th anniversary of the start of the liberalization of air transport in Europe, leading to the creation of the successful EU internal aviation market, is an excellent time to review the transformation of the aviation industry which has taken place throughout the world over the past few decades. This book brings together ten studies of how markets have changed in different countries. But it does more than that. It also reviews broader, generic topics such as safety, small community services and hub domination and the impact liberalization has had on each of them. Finally, it looks at future challenges, particularly in air traffic control and security. The wide range of topics covered helps to put the subject of air transport liberalization into context and reveals the full extent of the remarkable journey the aviation industry has taken in most people's lifetimes, as well as how much more there is to do.’
– Barry Humphreys CBE, Aviation Consultant, UK

‘Professors Finger and Button have assembled an impressive array of informative, insightful, and useful chapters that, taken together, offer a compelling endorsement for liberalizing air transport. Although a scholarly collection, there is much in this volume of direct relevance to aviation practitioners in both the private sector and governments.’
– John Byerly, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Principal U.S. Aviation Negotiator, US

‘Air transport liberalization has led to a substantial increase in the level of economic activities and traffic growth. This is an excellent book providing a comprehensive view of the topic and covering airline liberalization in the US, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the sustainability of competition. This book also explores aviation safety in the age of liberalization, and the domination of hub-and-spoke networks. The eighteen chapters in the books are written by and for practitioners and academics.’
–Bijan Vasigh, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, US
Contributors: S. Barrett, M. Baumgartner, P. Berster, V. Bilotkach, K. Button, M. Finger, P. Forsyth, M.C. Gelhausen, D. Gillen, S.V. Gudmundsson, G. Martini, W.G. Morrison, R. Nagpal, R. Neiva, C.V. Oster Jr., J. Peoples, A. Reynolds-Feighan, H. Saranga, D. Scotti, J.S. Strong, H.L. Vega, E. Zeki, A. Zhang, Y. Zhang, C.K. Zorn
Contents:

1. Introduction
Matthias Finger and Kenneth Button

Part I: Country and regional reports
2. Airline Liberalization in the US
James Peoples

3. Airline Deregulation in Canada and the Sustainability of Competition
David Gillen and William G. Morrison

4. Australia – a reluctant liberalizer
Peter Forsyth

5. Air transport liberalization: the case of Ireland
Sean Barrett

6. The Evolution of Indian Civil Aviation
Rajiv Nagpal and Haritha Saranga

7. Air transport development: A comparative analysis of China and India
Yahua Zhang and Anming Zhang

8. European Market: Present and Future
Volodymyr Bilotkach

9. Latin America and the Caribbean, Thirty-Plus Years of Lukewarm Liberalization of Air Transportation Markets
Henry L. Vega

10. Air transport in Africa
Gianmaria Martini and Davide Scotti

Part II: Topical issues
11. Aviation safety in the age of liberalization
Clinton V. Oster Jr., John S. Strong and C. Kurt Zorn

12. Small Community Impacts of Liberalization and the Provision of Social Air Services
Aisling Reynolds-Feighan

13. Oligopolization of markets
Sveinn Vidar Gudmundsson

14. Domination of hub-and-spoke systems
Marc C. Gelhausen and Peter Berster

15. Market instability
Kenneth Button

Part III: Future challenges
16. Economic Perspectives on Aviation Security
David Gillen and William G. Morrison

17. The need to evolve air traffic management: Europe as a laboratory
Matthias Finger, Marc Baumgartner and Engin Zeki

18. Canada and USA: A Tale of Two ANSPs
Rui Neiva

Index