Of more than 4,650 low-cost flights a day, 450 are Nordic
As the World Low Cost Airlines Congress gets underway in London on September 17 to 19, it has been reported that the nine members of the European Low Fares Airline Association offer more than 4,651 flights every day. Scandinavian companies represent nearly 10% of this total. The growth of European low-cost airlines seems unstoppable, with the number of passengers on these nine airlines increasing by 5.6% (to 193.7 million passengers) during the 12 months between July 2011 and June 2012. The airlines’ load factors are also increasing.
Two of the nine airlines represented at the association are Nordic – Norwegian and Sweden’s Sverigeflyg, the main brand for six local airlines operating domestic and regional flights. Together they covered 450 of the total 4,651 daily departures in June. The nine association members are: easyJet, Flybe, Jet2.com, Norwegian, Ryanair, Sverigeflyg, Transavia, Vueling and Wizz Air.
Norwegian actually has an edge over its low-cost rivals, flying to destinations in 32 countries, compared to easyJet’s 30 countries and Ryanair’s 28 countries. But of course Ryanair has the biggest network, operating 1500 routes to 168 destinations in June.
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[photo courtesy Wizz Air]