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Vertical Governance between Airlines and Airports – A Transaction Cost Analysis

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  • Johannes Fuhr

    () (Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy (WIP), Technische Universität Berlin)

  • Thorsten Beckers

    () (Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy (WIP), Technische Universität Berlin)

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With airport privatization and infrastructure expansion projects taking place in the liberalized European air transport market, airport and airline companies are critically reevaluating their vertical governance structures. This paper analyzes the comparative efficiency of vertical governance structures in the airport-airline supply relationship. Using transaction cost economics as the lens of analysis, we develop propositions and present supporting qualitative case studies. Our propositions state that hub airlines and hub airports seek specialized governance structures, while value-based carriers and base airports enter into long-term contracts supported by complementary safeguards. These privately crafted governance modes complement or even replace external regulation.

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  • Johannes Fuhr & Thorsten Beckers, 2006. "Vertical Governance between Airlines and Airports – A Transaction Cost Analysis," Working Papers 2006-04, Center for Network Industries and Infrastructure (CNI).
  • Handle: RePEc:cni:wpaper:2006-04
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    5. Littlechild, Stephen C., 2012. "German airport regulation: Framework agreements, civil law and the EU Directive," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 21(C), pages 63-75.
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    Keywords

    vertical integration; transaction cost; airlines; airports; competition;

    JEL classification:

    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • L93 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Air Transportation

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