Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Business Administration



First Advisor

Daniel W. Kemper

Second Advisor

Jan Kniffen

Third Advisor

Joe Ancona


This thesis focused on the study of airline deregulation and the impact it made on the airlines and the consumers.

The history of the airline industry was reviewed, as well as the specific events which lead to the formation of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978.

Following deregulation there were debates as to whether deregulation bad achieved its original goals . These debates have continued up until today.

The hypothesis stated herein was that research would indicate that airline deregulation had benefited the industry as a whole and that if further deregulation and more adherence to policies under deregulation were followed, both the airlines and the consumer would benefit.

The studies of major authors and theorists, who have studied deregulation , were examined. The results of these studies supported the hypothesis and, therefore, it was accepted . These results indicated that airline deregulation had overall benefited both the airlines and the consumer . Deregulation had achieved what it originally set out to do and that was to allow the common person to travel by air. Likewise, the full benefit of deregulation can be realized if more adherence to the rules of deregulation are followed .

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