The Industrial Organization of Air Transport in Chile (La Organizacion Industrial del Transporte Aereo en Chile)
Claudio A. Agostini
Universidad Adolfo Ibañez
July 15, 2008
Revista de Analisis Economico, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 35-84, 2008
Over the last 20 years, demand for air passenger transport has grown dramatically. At the same time, the two largest domestic airlines merged and several smaller entrants exited without being able to make significant inroads. As a result, the industry is highly concentrated, with a dominant firm and a few fringe firms. This condition has generated considerable public debate about the degree of competition in the airline industry in Chile. With the purpose of contributing to the public discussion, this paper analyzes the industry from an industrial organization point of view. Specifically, the paper describes the domestic airline industry in Chile, defines the relevant market and then analyzes both the degree of concentration and entry conditions. In particular, I focus on the roles played by vertical integration, the computer reservation systems and the revenue management practice. I then evaluate the airfares self-regulation scheme used by the dominant firm and propose several public policies to increase competition.
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Number of Pages in PDF File: 50
Keywords: Airlines, Competition, Fares Self-regulation
JEL Classification: L93, L11, L13
Date posted: July 16, 2008 ; Last revised: February 8, 2010