Attendees at this week’s World Low Cost Airline Congress at the Sofitel Hotel opposite London Heathrow’s un-low-cost Terminal 5 heard a presentation on Monday afternoon from anna.aero Editor Ralph Anker on the network stability of 31 of the world’s leading low-cost carriers. The main focus of the presentation was on how many routes each of the carriers had launched (and abandoned) during the last 12 months and some of the reasons for these decisions. Some anomalies in the data were also explained. There was also some analysis on seasonality, as well as a look at what proportion of new routes were totally new connections between two airports, and which involved taking on one or more incumbent carriers. To download the full presentation click on the following link.
For readers of anna.aero we can also provide exclusively a free, downloadable, summary spreadsheet for all 31 airlines analysed.
Special mention should be made of Indian LCC IndiGo which is now India’s biggest domestic airline with 27% of the market. It launched 24 new routes in the last 12 months and dropped none, while growing seat capacity 40%. An impressive performance in what remains a very challenging market.