Air Transport World

Network is everything.

Airports in the era of the airline alliance must be vitally concerned not only about attracting alliance business but about the manner in which they tailor their offerings and operations to accommodate alliance demands.

The airline business, already network-dependent, has become much more so. Network is everything. It is essential that airports look at alliances on a network basis to determine how traffic flows will change as groupings become more solidified.

Airports looking for new service find that alliances provide expanded opportunities for those unable to attract long-haul nonstops. An airport frustrated in its nonstop efforts now can work with the local dominating airline to become a spoke off the hub, building O&D flow to a level needed for direct service. …

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