Air Transport World

Finite.(Editorial)(Low-cost carriers )

It is easy to understand the frustration of easyJet's managers. The destination plum of Paris is just sitting there within easy reach and yet the vast traffic potential of Paris remains mostly out of reach due to airport policies and the unavailability of slots. Driven by the need for rapid expansion that seems imprinted on the DNA of any successful low-cost carrier, easyJet is pushing boundaries and beating on walls to improve its market leverage in the French capital.

The surprise is not that institutional barriers restrict the ability of low-cost carriers to compete against Air France out of Paris but rather that in the same breath easyJet claims injury from these restrictions but asks someone, or something, to restrain Air France's ability to compete. …

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