Low-cost carriers (LCCs) are realising strong capacity growth in Asia and the Middle East, while there have only been modest increases across Europe and North America.
Amadeus’ latest Air Traffic solution has revealed an overall global increase in seat capacity for LCCs of 6.8 percent in the first six months of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012.
Asia showed the strongest rate of growth for any region, with a 28 percent overall increase in capacity, reaching 129 million departing LCC seats in the first six months of 2013.
Low-cost carriers in Indonesia (up 12.3 million seats), India (up 3 million seats), Thailand (up 2 million seats) and Malaysia (up 1.8 million) were responsible for half the total global LCC capacity growth.
Jakarta, Bangkok and Tokyo witnessed the most robust LCC capacity growth among Asian cities.
The Middle East’s capacity rose 17.7 percent in the first half of 2013, compared to H1 2012.
Europe (+0.8 percent) and North America (+1.5 percent) posted modest capacity increases during the first six months of the year, compared with the same period last year.
However, London’s LCC seat capacity remains by far the largest of any city, worldwide, despite only a minor increase of 3 percent in H1 2013, compared to the first half of 2012.
“We see a natural boom in LCC capacity across Asia, where point-to-point air travel is largely underserved,” Amadeus LCC specialist Alexandre Jorre said.
“However, across the mature markets of Europe and North America capacity is constrained, which may explain why some LCCs are considering new approaches to secure future growth.”