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The future of ancillary service fees in air travel - an exploratory investigation of budget air travellers

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  • Andreas Wittmer
  • Philipp Boksberger
  • Andreas Gerber

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Ancillary service fees are often associated with low-cost carriers (LCC). However, today, more and more full service carriers (FSC) have introduced such fees as well and service chains of LCCs and FSCs look very similar. This article compares different European airlines in terms of ancillary fees and services for the low yield passenger segment and based on a passenger survey, it researches into the question what the budget air traveller of today really wants when he/she books a flight. Interestingly, the willingness-to-pay and the willingness-to-use selected service elements differ between budget air travellers of a FSC and those of a LCC. Generally, passengers of LCCs would pay higher amounts for additional service attributes than passengers of FSCs. However, the main lesson is clear: there are additional service elements that add value to budget air travellers and the latter are generally willing to pay considerable amounts for these value-adding propositions.

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  • Andreas Wittmer & Philipp Boksberger & Andreas Gerber, 2012. "The future of ancillary service fees in air travel - an exploratory investigation of budget air travellers," International Journal of Aviation Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 1(4), pages 231-241.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijavim:v:1:y:2012:i:4:p:231-241
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    1. Rouncivell, Adam & Timmis, Andrew J. & Ison, Stephen G., 2018. "Willingness to pay for preferred seat selection on UK domestic flights," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 70(C), pages 57-61.

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