Low-Cost Carriers in Emerging Countries

Low-Cost Carriers in Emerging Countries

1st Edition - February 1, 2019

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  • Author: John Bowen
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128113936
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128113943

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Low-Cost Airline Carriers in Emerging Countries traces the development of low-cost carriers (LCCs) in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, examining airlines that have become significant players in their home markets but little known at a global scale. The book maps the geography of the LCC phenomenon, explaining the starkly varying success of budget airlines, and assessing their current social, economic and environmental impacts. The book concludes with insights into the future potential of the LCC phenomenon along with its global ramifications. Beginning with Southwest Airlines in the 1970s, low-cost carriers (LCCs) have democratized air travel around the world, fostering huge increases in airline traffic and transforming the airline industry. At the same time however, the ascent of these budget airlines has exacerbated aviation-related problems such as aircraft noise, airport congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and more. LCCs have been extensively studied in the US and Europe but not in emerging regions of the globe. Yet the impact of such airlines is greatest in low- and middle-income economies where only a small fraction of the population has ever flown, and where competition from alternative modes (road, rail) is weak.

Key Features

  • Examines the evolution of low cost carriers around the world, how established airlines react to their entry and the wide-ranging societal implications for individual countries and the world
  • Places emerging countries' LCCs into a global context, comparing them to their US and European counterparts
  • Offers original quantitative analysis of LCC networks at several spatial scales (global, regional, national, airport vs. airport) using global schedule data from OAG
  • Includes professionally produced maps of representative airlines networks


Airline industry researchers in transportation, tourism, geography, and economics, Upper–level undergraduate and graduate aviation management students, Airline and airports practitioners, Emerging countries' governmental officials

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: Ascent of LCCs Around the World
    2. Getting Airborne: What’s Fuelling the LCC Phenomenon
    3. Networks: The Geography of LCCs in Low- and Middle-Income Economies
    4. Impacts of an Aeromobile World
    5. Business Models
    6. Futures

Product details

  • No. of pages: 279
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: February 1, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128113936
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128113943

About the Author

John Bowen

John T. Bowen, Jr. has spent the past twenty years researching the airline industry. He is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at Central Washington University, the author of The Economic Geography of Air Transportation: Space, Time, and the Freedom of the Sky (Routledge, 2010), and numerous aviation articles published in Journal of Air Transport Management, Journal of Transport Geography, and Journal of Economic Geography. Previous to joining academia, he worked for Singapore Airlines.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography, Central Washington University, USA

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