Berlin is the biggest city for LCC traffic in Germany

Image: German LCC plane in Berlin

The latest Low Cost Monitor report produced jointly by ADV and DLR in Germany reveals that the number of passengers flying on LCCs in the German market last year increased by almost 21% to just over 51 million passengers. LCCs now represent over 25% of all traffic at Germany’s biggest airports.

Chart: LCC traffic at German airports in 2007
Source: ADV/DLR

The top five LCCs in terms of weekly seat capacity are Air Berlin, Germanwings, Ryanair, TUIfly and easyJet. While the debate continues as to whether or not Air Berlin can still legitimately claim to be an LCC, the report also treats AirBaltic, Blue1, Flybe and Intersky as LCCs. Two of Europe’s more established LCCs, bmibaby and SkyEurope, did not serve the German market in 2007 though both have done so in the past.

Spain and UK are leading LCC country markets

The most popular country markets for LCC services to and from Germany in 2007 were Spain and the UK with Italy dropping to third place.

Country LCC pax 2007 (m) Growth v 2006
Spain 8.469 +28.1%
UK 5.342 +9.4%
Italy 5.172 +4.3%
Austria 2.495 +30.7%
Switzerland 1.615 +11.0%
France 1.450 +4.1%
Ireland 1.229 +28.3%
Poland 1.027 +15.4%
Source: ADV/DLR Low Cost Monitor 1/08

Among medium-sized country markets impressive growth was registered by Norway (+40%), Russia (+131%), Portugal (+46%) and Greece (+60%). LCC traffic actually declined to Hungary (-10%), the Czech Republic (-17%) and Slovakia (-26%).

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