SERVICE QUALITY IN TOURISM MANAGEMENT: COMPARISON BETWEEN TRADITIONAL AND LOW-COST AIRLINES

  • Rojanard Waramontri Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok
Keywords: airline industry; low-cost airlines; customer satisfaction; perceived service quality; customer loyalty; customer behavior

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine service quality and customer satisfaction in tourism management  from the customer’s perspective, and also to explore how perceived service quality affects customer satisfaction and loyalty-related behavior towards airlines, and whether the factors affecting service quality, customer satisfaction, and loyalty differ between full-service and low-cost airlines. A critical review of the related literature reveals that the airline industry has been struggling with many challenges: cutting costs, managing fluctuating demand, keeping up with tight quality requirements while trying to maintain superior services and satisfy the needs of various customer groups. The data has been collected through questionnaires based on the previous research. 89 surveys have been completed by the passengers who traveled by air in the previous three months. Traditional airlines’ passengers have significantly higher perceived service quality and customer satisfaction. However, there is no significant difference in loyalty-related behavior. Overall, service quality has a significant influence on customer satisfaction for both traditional and low-cost airlines. However, the effect of service quality on behavioral intentions is only significant for traditional airlines. The results suggest that management of traditional and low-cost airlines should maintain service quality as it affects customer satisfaction.

Author Biography

Rojanard Waramontri, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok

MBA, lecturers at Airlines Business program, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Thailand

Research interests: airlines services, hospitality and tourism, management in airline transportation

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Published
2021-01-29
How to Cite
Waramontri, R. (2021). SERVICE QUALITY IN TOURISM MANAGEMENT: COMPARISON BETWEEN TRADITIONAL AND LOW-COST AIRLINES. The EUrASEANs: Journal on Global Socio-Economic Dynamics, (1(26), 43-51. https://doi.org/10.35678/2539-5645.1(26).2021.43-51