Tourism and air transport are explicitly linked especially in the context of leisure traffic. This paper aims at highlighting this relation by focusing on the impact of the three main airline business models (traditional scheduled, charter and low cost) on regional airports using Britain as a case study. The panel data econometric results show that despite the current perception, low cost carriers are not the only ones to contribute significantly to airport aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenue. This observation has important policy implications and calls for transparency in airport subsidies as argued in the conclusion.

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