Biggest Low Cost Carrier in the US
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Many new pilots get their first job flying for a low-cost or discount airline or a regional airline. This is typical throughout the world. Who are some of the big low-cost airlines?
Southwest Airlines in the US is the biggest, and in Europe and the UK, Ryanair is the largest. Southwest is three-times bigger than Ryanair in terms of weekly flights (22,800 vs 7,800), but Ryanair operates a phenomenal 629 routes to 139 airports. Southwest has three times more aircraft, but operates 434 routes only from just 64 airports.
Ten of the world's most successful low-cost airlines are:
North America: Southwest, AirTran, Jet Blue, Westjet
South America: GOL
Europe: Ryanair, easyJet
Middle East: Air Arabia
Asia-Pacific: AirAsia (including Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia), Virgin Blue.
Although India and Mexico have many fast-growing low-cost (LCC) airlines, none of them have yet truly established themselves as the above have.
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