The Network Experience

pp 141-163

Connectivity and Competition in Airline Networks

A Study of Lufthansa's Network
  • Aura ReggianiAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, University of Bologna Email author 
  • , Peter NijkampAffiliated withDepartment of Spatial Economics, VU University Amsterdam Email author 
  • , Alessandro CentoAffiliated withKLM Royal Dutch Airlines Email author 

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Air transport networks have exhibited a trend towards complex dynamics in recent years. Using Lufthansa's networks as an example, this paper aims to illustrate the relevance of various network indicators — such as connectivity and concentration — for the empirical analysis of airline network configurations. The results highlight the actual strategic choices made by Lufthansa for its own network, as well in combination with its partners in Star Alliance.