Companies have shifted their operations to cheaper and low regulation havens--a process that has also occurred in other industries, like manufacturing, especially after the enlargement of the European Union (Woolfson 2006, 2007; Woolfson and Calite 2007, 2008).
These include the new Eastern European 'tiger economies'--like Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania--which have made widespread cuts to their already deficient regulatory apparatuses (Woolfson and Calite 2008).
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Continental cited two main reasons for its decision to relocate its crew base personnel -- the discontinuation of CALite service which has resulted in fewer flights, and the lack of profitability in certain markets.
With the dismantling of CALite in 1994, Continental scaled back flights in Greensboro and is concentrating on expanding its profitable primary hubs.
Recently Continental announced that CALite
flights will be able to accommodate 12 percent more travelers by converting its dedicated fleet of 737 and DC-9 aircraft to an all-coach configuration.
HOUSTON, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Airlines today announced it will expand its successful CALite service by nearly 12 percent by increasing the number of coach seats on each of the aircraft dedicated to this part of Continental's service.
Continental will make room for the additional seats, without deviating from its standard coach seat pitch, by converting the CALite fleet to an all-coach configuration.
Currently, approximately 70 aircraft are devoted to CALite service and will be adapted to single-class configuration.
CALite operates with 737 (-100, -200 and -300 series) and DC9-30 aircraft.
Among other new nonstop CALite routes effective Dec.
16 expansion adds 83 daily departures to the CALite system for a total of 256 per day.