17 Jun

Tip Tuesday: Economic Benefits of Serving Smaller Airports

Today we’re going to take a look at something a little different—aviation and its economic impact, specifically in varied (often smaller) communities.

If you’re considering expansion, it’s tempting to choose large cities. While these locations are no doubt important, the economic impact airlines can have, particularly on smaller locations in need of a boost, is considerable. Don’t count out the smaller, more outlying, and overlooked locations when considering new routes.

Job Opportunities

Airlines have a chance to cement themselves as the backbone of communities through both direct hiring (pilots, FAs, ground staff, etc.) and indirect hiring. Think of the ripple effect your presence necessitates, including the construction of new hotels, restaurants, retail, and transportation.

Not only that, but any existing hotels, restaurants, and local businesses will be built up by a new influx of industry.

Tourism Boost

Specifically, if a new or updated airport is required, this development inevitably leads to better transportation networks overall, including roads, public transit, and other infrastructure improvements that benefit the entire community.

Deeper Loyalty

Especially if you’re one of the first or the biggest airline to come to a town, you’ll corner customer loyalty in your new locale. Better connectivity can improve the quality of life for residents by providing easier access to travel, enhancing business opportunities, and attracting cultural and recreational events. By providing economic opportunities to locals and reinvigorating a small community, you’ll endear yourself to potential customers on a deeper level.

Cheaper Cost of Operations

If you’re choosing to develop a smaller, less popular location, everything can be tailored to your needs at a lower cost. Landing and gate fees, catering costs—everything will be cheaper to maintain while still opening a new market and getting people where they need to go.

Hubs are crucial—they’re hubs for a reason. But don’t count out the little guy when it comes to route expansion. Smaller towns can be a game-changer when it comes to building up a loyal customer base while keeping costs down.

Posted by | Posted at June 17, 2024 2:21 pm |
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Airlines depend on ELP Aviation because our software improves operational efficiencies, eases crew interactions, and increases profitability. We offer products that provide scalable and agile solutions based on the individual Carrier’s needs. We’re already thinking about how to solve the next problem.

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Branch Office: Narayana Enclave, Plot No 610, Road Number 33, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad-500033, Telangana, India.

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