This chapter considers the productivity of 77 airlines between 1980 and 2013. We do so by estimating a stochastic frontier and decomposing the total factor productivity growth into efficiency, technical and scale efficiency change. Our results show that, on average, airlines increased productivity over the period but that, while efficiency and technical change improved, scale efficiency results indicate that the average airline moved away from the most productive scale size. This was especially so in the two decades after 1980. Comparisons between geographical areas, business models, networks and alliances are also made.
Martini, G., Scotti, D. and Volta, N. (2019), "Global Airline Productivity, 1980–2013", Airline Economics in Europe (Advances in Airline Economics, Vol. 8), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 91-116. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2212-160920190000008005Download as .RIS
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