What Is Happening to Regional Aviation?

Greaves, Graham
June 2002
Logistics & Transport Focus;Jun2002, Vol. 4 Issue 5, p66
Trade Publication
This article provides a description of the status of the regional aviation industry in Great Britain. Regional airports are emerging as nodes in the network of sophisticated international administration, production and distribution worldwide. At the regional level, there have been repeated attempts to establish home-based airlines to add to the awareness and publicity outputs that are the very source of the survival of aviation. Changes in regional air services since the 1970s have tended to move at a disjointed pace with small-scale aircraft employed as route testers, flying at times which suit network timetabling for the carrier rather than the consumer. However, the picture is altering quite dramatically with competition being injected by a number of scheduled, low-cost carriers emerging within Europe, all of which are led by senior managers from overseas or with foreign parent companies. Future challenges for regional aviation were also discussed.


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