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Surviving the Single Market: The dilemmas and strategies of "small-country" airlines. Working Paper #4, February 2003

Staniland, Martin (2003) Surviving the Single Market: The dilemmas and strategies of "small-country" airlines. Working Paper #4, February 2003. [Working Paper]

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    [Summary]. This paper examines the problem of the survival of national “flag carrier” airlines of smaller Member States of the European Union in the increasingly competitive environment of the single European market. After considering the particular features of smaller countries as aviation markets, it discusses the advantages and disadvantages experienced by airlines based in such countries under the current international regime for commercial aviation (the so-called Chicago system). The paper then analyses the strategic responses of selected airlines (mainly Aer Lingus, Finnair, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Sabena, SAS and TAP Air Portugal) to the challenges of the single market. In particular, it explores efforts to establish global systems, to create European and long-haul niche markets and to form protective alliances between "small-country" carriers. The paper concludes by noting the tendency for the surviving national airlines of smaller Member States to become incorporated into the current global airline alliances as junior partners and the reasons for their accepting this status.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Airline industry.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > transport policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > business/private economic activity
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > University of Pittsburgh, University Center for International Studies, European Union Center > Working Paper Series
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2003
    Page Range: p. 37
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:16
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/873

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