Regional airports, tourism and development: Two Portuguese case studies

Regional airports, tourism and development: Two Portuguese case studies

(Journal Article)

Journal: Tourismos
Year: 2014
ISSN: 1790-8418
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Pages: 239-251

Abstract

Air transport underwent profound changes in recent decades. Some airport facilities were privatized although others remained under public control, all pursuing commercial purposes through specialization/diversification of its business models, which proved to be quite profitable for infrastructures above a certain traffic threshold. For smaller ones, public funding proved indispensable to their survival. Stockholders, including tourism organizations, saw increased potential for regions with investment realizations in regional airports. This paper presents the Portuguese case studies of Évora and Bragança, and illustrates different models of attracting investments to develop regional airports, thus attracting air services and facilitating economic development, tourism in particular.

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First Author

Margarida Vaz

Margarida Vaz

Jorge Silva

Jorge Silva

Maria E. Baltazar

Maria E. Baltazar

Tiago Marques

Tiago Marques