Low-Cost Aviation

Low-Cost Aviation

Society, Culture and Environment

1st Edition - June 15, 2022

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  • Authors: Weiqiang Lin, Jean-Baptiste Fretigny
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128204313
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128201312

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Low-Cost Aviation: Aeromobilities Culture, Politics, and Infrastructures covers critical societal issues such as labor regimes, unequal and changing flying publics, transnational dynamics of migration, tourism, business experiences, environmental challenges and shifting territorialities of LCCs at various scales. It situates LCCs holistically within a societal-infrastructural regime rather than solely within a transport context. The book explores the changing nature of passengers’ profiles and mobile cultures, new consumption patterns and Economic Re-Configurations, as well as geopolitical and sustainability challenges. Providing a research agenda for aeromobilities, the book examines the most pressing social, cultural and political impacts of LCCs on society in different global contexts.It bridges transport and mobility studies, fostering transport sustainability and mobility justice to improve air transport management.

Key Features

  • Offers empirically grounded insights on key social issues and their implications
  • Draws on the expertise of an international team of scholars across the social sciences, including geography, urban studies, history and economics
  • Utilizes case studies from Asia, America and Europe
  • Provides context, theoretical approaches, models and examples showing how they have been implemented


Air transportation academic researchers and graduate students, air/airline/airport management practitioners

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Contemporary Issues in Air Transport
  • Copyright
  • List of contributors
  • Acknowledgment
  • 1. Introduction – Low-cost aviation: society, culture, and environment
  • Low-cost aviation: observations and general directions
  • The social and cultural dynamics of “flying on the cheap”
  • Structure of the book
  • Conclusions
  • Part One. Low-cost carriers' strategies of expansion: challenging dynamics for society and place
  • 2. Between unsupported assertions and black boxes: highlighting gaps in knowledge on low-cost air travel
  • Introduction
  • A range of low-cost airline models
  • Linking low-cost airline networks and places
  • Airlines–airports–places relationships
  • Traffic volatility
  • Social and economic matters
  • Political matters and public expenditures
  • Adverse environmental impacts
  • A new post-COVID equilibrium?
  • Conclusions
  • 3. Ultra-low-cost carrier network volatility in Europe: unlocking and disconnecting regions
  • Introduction
  • Theoretic framework
  • Hypotheses
  • Data and research method
  • ULCC network development
  • Concluding remarks and further research
  • 4. Low-cost aviation in China: its history and its changing context
  • Introduction
  • Early history of low-cost aviation in China
  • Literature review on the specificities of Chinese low-cost aviation
  • Current performance and early take-off signs of China's low-cost aviation
  • Novel coronavirus pandemic and China's low-cost aviation
  • Conclusions and forecast
  • Part Two. Changing landscapes, discourses, and experiences of low-cost air travel
  • 5. The development of Southeast Asia's low-cost aviation industry
  • The budget airport hub: Kuala Lumpur's Low-Cost Carrier Terminal
  • Conclusion
  • 6. Cultures of flying and low-cost carriers in Southern Africa: accessible air travel for all?
  • Introduction: cultures of flying
  • VFR tourism and cultures of mobility
  • Flying for the people
  • Conclusion: cultures of flying and LCCs in Southern Africa
  • 7. Cheap flights from major hubs: aeromobile experiences of in-betweenness
  • Introduction
  • The social and cultural significance of aeromobile in-betweenness
  • The investigation of low-cost experiences of main airports
  • Low-cost aeromobilities in the mobile segregation of airport hubs
  • The (in)visibility of main-hubbed low-cost passengers' practices
  • Conclusion
  • Part Three. Low-fare passengers' identities and diversities
  • 8. Staying connected: low cost airlines in the lives of Polish migrants
  • Introduction
  • Air connectivity between Poland and the UK
  • The experience of flying for migration between Poland and the UK
  • Final thoughts: Brexit, Covid-19, and the future of low-cost aeromobilities for migration
  • 9. High class, low fares: diplomatic aeromobility and low-cost carriers
  • Introduction
  • Low-cost carriers and business travel
  • Toward diplomatic aeromobility
  • A methodology under a restricted sphere of activity
  • Diplomatic aeromobility and LCCs: a case study
  • Conclusion
  • Part Four. Airborne sensibilities of low-cost air travel
  • 10. Disruptive passenger behavior onboard low-cost carrier aircraft: the issue of air rage
  • Introduction
  • Disruptive passenger behavior
  • Causes of disruptive behavior
  • Prevalence of disruptive behavior
  • Low-cost carrier operations
  • Conclusion
  • 11. Meaningful routes—how low-cost flying affects our being in place
  • Introduction
  • Low-cost air travel
  • Meaningful routes
  • Customization of air travel
  • Being in place
  • Conclusion
  • Part Five. The ecological disjunctures of flying on the cheap
  • 12. Environmental sustainability challenges to low-cost aeromobilities
  • Introduction
  • The environmental context for aviation
  • Low-cost carriers and environmental implications
  • Measures to mitigate climate change
  • Surface transport and other alternatives to low-cost air travel
  • Discussion on current and future low-cost model developments and environmental implications
  • Conclusions
  • 13. Calibrating Consumption: Flyers' Dilemmas in the Age of the Low-Cost Carrier
  • Introduction: “just like waiting for a bus”
  • “… Even the greenest people fly”: the home versus away distinction, overconsumption, and the role of the individual
  • Methodology
  • “Making conscious choices every day”: sustainability as a balancing act
  • Consuming flight as a career “necessity”
  • Temporal deferral and other debts into the future
  • Conclusion: “I want to do more”
  • 14. “Getting the summer you deserve”: locking-in flying to the tourist experience
  • Introduction: “Flying to the sun”
  • “Because everyone does it”: Applying social practice theory to holidays by air
  • Flying south to the sun: The evolution and innovation of air travel for tourism
  • Innovating for low-carbon mobility practices
  • Conclusion: What flying can tell us about the future
  • 15. Epilogue: whither low-cost aviation
  • Endless journeys
  • More detours
  • Looking beyond
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 268
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: June 15, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128204313
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128201312

About the Authors

Weiqiang Lin

Weiqiang Lin, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore. His work encompasses air transport social-cultural geographical approaches, affect, materiality, practice, assemblage and critical logistics. He is an editorial board member of Mobilities and Section Editor of Transfers (Ideas in Motion).

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Jean-Baptiste Fretigny

Jean-Baptiste Fretigny, is a transportation researcher specializing in mobilities, tourism, migration, airports at The University of Cergy-Pontoise in Paris.

Affiliations and Expertise

The University of Cergy-Pontoise, Paris, France

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