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Mar 9, 2023

536. Is Your Plane Ticket Too Expensive — or Too Cheap?

Most travelers want the cheapest flight they can find. Airlines, meanwhile, need to manage volatile fuel costs, a pricey workforce, and complex logistics. So how ...  do they make money — and how did America’s grubbiest airport suddenly turn into a palace? (Part 3 of “Freakonomics Radio Takes to the Skies.”)

Severin Borenstein - Profile

Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business and faculty director of the Energy Institute at Haas. He is also Director emeritus of the University of California Energy Institute (1994-2014).
haas.berkeley.edu

Justice Dept. Sues to Block JetBlue's Acquisition of Spirit

Antitrust regulators said the deal would reduce competition and raise fares. The companies argued it would allow them to better compete against the biggest U.S. airlines.
Nytimes

How Delta Air Lines Makes Money: Passenger, Cargo, Other

Delta Air Lines ( DAL) is a global airline based in the U.S. Based in Atlanta, it is among the largest air carriers in the country and the second-largest in the world after American Airlines. The company's roots go back to 1925 with its first commercial passenger flight taking off four years later.
Investopedia

All Clear for Takeoff: Evidence from Airports on the Effects of Infrastructure Privatization

Infrastructure assets have undergone substantial privatization around the world in recent decades. How do these assets perform post-privatization?
NBER

Megan S. Ryerson - Profile

UPS Chair of Transportation. Associate Dean for Research, Weitzman School.
Upenn

Delta Air Lines Announces December Quarter and Full Year 2022 Profit

Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today reported financial results for the December quarter and full year 2022 and provided its outlook for the March quarter 2023.

Sabrina Howell - Profile

Sabrina Howell is an Associate Professor of Finance at the New York University Stern School of Business. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Fellow at the Private Equity Research Consortium. Professor Howell's research focuses on entrepreneurship, private equity, fintech, innovation, energy, and China.
Nyu

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The Economics of Airlines (The Economics of Big Business)

The book is a comprehensive introduction to the economics of airlines, how carriers compete, how they develop their business, and how demand and cost structure produces the industry we see today.
Amazon

How Airline Ticket Prices Fell 50 Percent in 30 Years (And Why Nobody Noticed)

Thank deregulation, competition, the internet, and fees. Yes, thank fees. By Derek Thompson
The Atlantic

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