Formerly, the market for air travel within Europe was highly regulated. Entry of new airlines was severely restricted, and Air fares were set by regulation. Partly as a result, European Air fares were higher than U.S fare for routes of comparable distance. Suppose that, for given European air route (say, London to Rome), annual air travel demand is estimated to be Q = 1,500 - 3P ( or, equivalently, P = 500 - Q/3), where q is the number of trips in thousands and P is the one way fare in dollars. (for ex, 600 thousands annual trips are taken when the fare is 300.) In addition, the long run average ( one way ) cost per passenger along this route is estimated to be $200.
a. some economists have suggested that during the 1980s and 1990s there was an implicit cartel among European air carriers whereby the airlines charged monopoly fares under the shield of regulation. Given the preceding facts, find the profit maximizing fare and the annual number of passenger trips.
b. in the last 10 years, deregulation has been the norm in the European market, and this has spurred new entry and competition from discount air carriers such as ryan air and easyjet. Find the price and quantity for the euoropean air route if perfect competition becomes the norm.