Chapter 14

The Airline–Airport Relationship: Allocating Risks and Opportunities in a Vertical Partnership

Frank Fichert    Worms University of Applied Sciences, Worms, Germany


This chapter describes the relationship between airports and airlines with a specific focus on airports in typical tourism regions and the changes induced by the rise of low-cost carriers on the respective markets. Based on a discussion of objectives of the several entities along the value chain and an analysis of airline route choice, an airport’s options for influencing airline decisions are presented. Common instruments like incentives within charging schemes and long-term contracts between airports and airlines are discussed, including their consequences ...

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