Competition

Airline Competition

 

Air transport has radically evolved over the last two decades. Liberalisation and deregulation of the sector have facilitated the entry of new firms, which in turn has had a positive impact on competition and innovation. Deregulation and liberalisation also significantly altered marked structure, giving rise to mergers of flag airline carriers and diverse forms of collaboration.

However, in some cases, collaboration can actually be anti-competitive. It is essential to ensure that former regulatory barriers are not replaced by anti-competitive airline mergers, alliances, agreements and unilateral practices.

How can competition and innovation be fostered in order to improve consumer welfare? What is the relationship between competition law and regulation in the air transport sector? These and other questions were addressed in June 2014 when the OECD Competition Committee discussed Airline Competition so as to examine the main competition issues in the airline sector and how these issues have been dealt with by competition enforcement authorities.

 

SEE ALSO


Airline Mergers and Alliances (1999)

Competition Policy and International Airport Services (1997)

A Competition Policy Assessment of the Domestic Airline Sector in Mexico (2010)

All Competition Policy Roundtables

Competition Home Page 

OTHER TOPICS DISCUSSED
IN JUNE 2014

Generic pharmaceuticals and competition

Competition in public-private partnerships

Financing of Broadband Networks

 MEETING DOCUMENTATION - DOWNLOADS

Papers, panellists and presentations

Contributions from participants

OECD Background Paper on Airline Competition

 

John Balfour (partner at Clyde & Co., UK), 
Airline Liberalisation and Competition: the EU Experience ppt

Severin Borenstein (University of California at Berkeley, United States)
Trends: Pray for JetBlue (paper for for Milken Institute Review) | ppt

Pablo Mendes de Leon (Leiden University, the Netherlands), 
Competition in International Markets: A Comparative Analysis ppt

Brian Pearce (Chief Economist at IATA)
Some key features of air transport markets (ppt)

 

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