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Implications of Short Scheduled Ground Times for European Carriers
International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace
  • Johannes Waltenberger, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Hans-Joachim K. Ruff-Stahl, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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Low-cost carriers are applying hybrid business strategies in Europe to compete with traditional airlines for more customers. The aim of this study was to investigate the differences between low-cost and non-low-cost carriers on an operational basis in terms of on-time performance, turnaround scheduling, turnaround performance, and block time setting. Data was retrieved from and analyzed for three major European low-cost carriers and two hub-and-spoke operators for the airport of Valencia. Results indicate that the combination of turning around aircraft quickly and sufficient time on ground to absorb delay is a key factor for success. The findings are relevant for airlines aligning their strategies with current market requirements. Further research is required to fully uncover current strategies of European low-cost carriers on a network-wide basis.

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Johannes Waltenberger and Hans-Joachim K. Ruff-Stahl. "Implications of Short Scheduled Ground Times for European Carriers" (2018)
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