Geographia Polonica (2019) vol. 92, iss. 3

Elite diversities in practice: The case of frequent flyers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Veronika Zuskáčová, Daniel Seidenglanz

Geographia Polonica (2019) vol. 92, iss. 3, pp. 309-329 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0151

Abstract

Due to deregulation of air traffic flying has become increasingly accessible to masses of travellers on the growing low-cost market. Yet, a significant group of passengers seems to remain on the other side – the kinetic elites whose hypermobile lifestyles are performed in privileged spaces. The aim of this paper is to critically address the binary of elite and non-elite passengering and to demonstrate the evidence of a much wider spectrum of individual aeromobile experiences. We use the case study of frequent flyers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to present the highly diverse practices of passengers usually labelled as elites.

Keywords: aeromobile practices, accessibility, frequent flyer, frequent flyer programmes, mobile elite, the Czech Republic • Slovakia

Veronika Zuskáčová [veronika.zuskacova@ugn.cas.cz], Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences Drobného 28, 602 00 Brno: Czech Republic
Daniel Seidenglanz [seidenglanz@geogr.muni.cz], Department of Geography, Faculty of Science Masaryk University Kotlářská 267/2, 611 37 Brno: Czech Republic