In aviation, few things have been more discussed than low-cost carriers (LCCs), and talk nowadays is mainly about LCCs hybridising from their present strategic and market positions. No alternative Christos Shephard, Head of Business Development and Start-Up Airlines at Mango Aviation, told me: “In mature markets, where operational costs are much higher and air ticket […]

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I’m a huge fan of ancillary revenues.  This isn’t just because of the huge money-making opportunities, with ancillaries growing from $2.4 billion in 2008 to $42.6 billion in 2013.  It isn’t just because it is – for many airlines – a life-saving mechanism and a crucial way of helping to increase, or to just achieve, […]

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For obvious reasons, many airports use the “London” tag, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, City, Southend, Oxford, and Ashford. Oxford and Ashford are 62 and 74 miles from London respectively.  By comparison, Frankfurt Hahn, the most distant secondary airport for both Ryanair and Wizz Air, is 76 miles from Frankfurt itself. What’s in a name? […]

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Few airlines arouse more anger, annoyance, and disbelief than Spirit. The self-styled ultra-low-cost-carrier (ULCC) is undoubtedly very controversial, but that’s a key part of its appeal – for me, anyway. A money-making machine More to the point, it’s a money-making machine.  Despite its relatively small size, between 2011 and 2013 it earned a collective $661m […]

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Having started in 1979 as Jersey European, then later as British European, flybe (The ‘be’ in its name derives from British European) is now Europe’s largest regional airline. The carrier ranks fourth in the UK with 4% of the country’s weekly seats behind BA, easyJet, and Ryanair. It also has other subsidiaries, including flybe Nordic. A classic […]

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