A new paper titled “The scope for low-cost connecting services in Europe — Is self-hubbing only the beginning?” has just been published in “Research in Transportation Business & Management”. The authors assess the transfer potential between LCC services in Europe over time, relative to the network of the full service network carriers (FSNCs). For this, they apply an SQL-based modelling approach for the identification of marketable one-stop connections between low cost carriers (LCC) from OAG schedules, considering pre-defined restrictions such as for connecting times and detour factors. They find that the European LCC network now allows for about 162k weekly one-stop connections, which is a big rise since 2006 but still far below the almost 725k connections offered by the network carriers. At airport-pair level, though, the low-cost sector already comes relatively close to the network carriers (15.9k vs. 25.3k). The authors also discuss the most fundamental operational and commercial restrictions that should be overcome to fully exploit the identified potential of flight connections between LCC. This includes the questions of missed connections and baggage through-handling.