The business relationships between LCCs and airports in Southeast Asia: Influences of power imbalance and mutual dependence

Eliver Lin, Lui Ming Mak, Kevin Wong

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This research examines how LCCs and airports develop their business relationships and the influences of power imbalance and mutual dependence on their interactions, as well as their relationship outcomes. Multiple case studies method was adopted in this research. Four LCC-airport relationships in four extreme scenarios of power imbalance and mutual dependence were studied. The findings suggest that LCC-airport relationships tend to establish with institutional approach when the capacity of the airport is nearly saturated. In contrast, they establish the relationships with negotiation approach when the capacity of the airport is under-utilized. The power differences determine the equality or inequality of exchange of compromise and support between the LCC and the airport; the dependence determines their willingness to compromise, provide support to each other, and also the strength of their attachment; the mutual dependence determines the total strength of the attachment of both parties, hence the solidity of their relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-46
Number of pages14
JournalTransportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013


  • Airports
  • Business relationship
  • Dependence
  • Interactions
  • LCCs
  • Power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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