European legacy carriers have tried hard to get costs under control, with limited success. And now an increasing number of them are reverting to the more radical option of outsourcing. Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Finnair, Iberia and Air France-KLM are the most prominent examples of an industry conceding it will likely not be able to rein in costs to the extent needed. That is particularly true for regional and mainline carriers flying short-haul routes within the continent, where few ...

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