Newest EU member Romania already has its own LCC which began operations in 2004. Blue Air is based at Bucharest’s second airport, Baneasa. Now it is entering the UK market and developing routes from other Romanian airports. We look at the airline’s network for this winter and its range of fare classes.
There aren’t many independent airlines in the Middle East but Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways is a notable exception. It only began services from Kuwait in October 2005 but has already established a second base at Dubai airport. And it’s making money. Which European destination does it serve?
Jet2.com will carry around four million passengers in 2007 but has a relatively low media profile compared to other LCCs. We look at operations from its home base at LBA and how the airline has built up its network year-by-year. What new routes are planned for 2008 and which aircraft type has it been buying in the last year?
Russia has its own LCC – no, honest! SkyExpress has been operating since January and has already grown to seven B737 aircraft. It started its seventh domestic route this week. How does its scheduling compare with traditional LCC models given the often harsh winters in Russia? We take a closer look at the operational details.
Italian LCC MyAir started operating CRJ900s this summer to complement its existing A320 fleet. We take a closer look at its operations from its second biggest base at Venice. What are its key markets and which domestic routes is it starting this winter despite serious competition from two other carriers?
Thai LCC Nok Air has returned to Don Muang airport after being forced to move to the new Bangkok airport in 2006. After three years it is finally branching out into international flights with services to India and Vietnam. How are the airline’s B737-400s scheduled and what role does an ATR72 play?
Ryanair and easyJet may have lots of ‘foreign’ bases but other Western European LCCs have tended to stay closer to home. But Spain’s Vueling has had three aircraft based at Paris CDG since mid-May and will operate to 15 destinations from Paris this winter. Who is it competing against?
Ryanair recently celebrated 10 years of operations at Stockholm’s ‘out-of-town’ airport. It became a proper base in 2003 and this winter Ryanair will have six aircraft based there operating to 30 destinations. How are the aircraft scheduled and which routes are possibly the longest in the Ryanair network?
The 1700-metre runway at Southampton on the UK’s south coast restricts certain operations. But Flybe with its mix of regional jets and turboprops has turned it into a major base. Which routes does it serve from the airport and how much are fares for imminent travel? The results may surprise you.
Volareweb at Milan Linate. Only three years ago Volareweb was Europe’s third largest LCC with 18 aircraft and 71 routes. Then it all went wrong. It relaunched in June 2005 with four aircraft and since then the airline has been in limbo as its future is debated in the courts. Alitalia wanted to buy it but AirOne objected. What routes does it operate and what does the future hold?
In just 18 months Volaris has grown from nothing to be Mexico’s largest LCC and Mexico’s fourth biggest domestic airline. What routes does it operate from its Toluca base and how does it schedule its current fleet of 12 A319s? Which other airports does it fly to? What impact has rapid growth had on the airline’s load factor?
easyJet’s base in Berlin has grown rapidly since it started in 2004. easyJet’s other German base, started at nearly the same time, has a rather lower profile. Which routes have been dropped since operations began? How seasonal are the route load factors? Which other carriers are competing for passengers at the airport? What are current fares like?