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Segmentation of passengers using full-service and low-cost carriers – Evidence from Taiwan


  • Lu, Jin-Long


Low-cost carriers in Taiwan have rapidly drawn a large number of passengers away from full-service carriers in recent years. However, many passengers still stick with traditional airlines as their primary air carriers. These two groups of passengers should differ in terms of their personal and trip characteristics, valuations of factors in determining an airline, and perceptions of need for ancillary services. The present paper compares the profiles of passengers using different types of air services in Taiwan using data collected from an online survey and assesses the potential of principal component analysis with biplot technique to define different passengers based on their preferences of services and valuations of the importance of factors. Our study shows that passengers of full-service and low-cost carriers have different trip characteristics; principal component analysis is applicable for this context of passenger profile segmentations.

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  • Lu, Jin-Long, 2017. "Segmentation of passengers using full-service and low-cost carriers – Evidence from Taiwan," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 204-216.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jaitra:v:62:y:2017:i:c:p:204-216
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2017.05.002

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