• Air connectivity for leisure tourism; the way forward

      Arvanitis, Pavlos (Goodfellows, 2021-05-25)
      Tourism is an activity that evolves mobility. International tourism arrivals by air account for almost 60%. Despite the spectacular increase in air connectivity there are distinct differences between different connectivity types since we tend to refer to direct and indirect connectivity, airport connectivity and hub connectivity. Several tourism destinations are impacted by the air connectivity type that is available in their nearby or serving airport of their region or proximity. The aim of this chapter is to discuss the tourism dynamics resulting emerging transformations in air connectivity and the implications on international air travel. Increased air connectivity is linked to economic growth and development, however direct air connectivity has been driving both tourism and air transport industries. The introduction of new aircraft which can fly longer and more economically is likely to transform direct connectivity and hub connectivity at the same time. The airline business models have evolved over the last twenty years and it is highly likely that this transformation will continue to unfold since the market and the passengers’ needs are constantly evolving. Implications for airlines and destinations will be discussed, outlining the core trends which are dominating the industry in terms of connectivity and its relations to tourism destinations. Key words: air connectivity, tourism destinations, air transport, tourism