Analysis: LCC growth across the Americas

Event Routes Americas 2020
Organiser Routes
Event Date 04.02.2020
Press Release Date 14.01.2019

How is the LCC market shaping up in the Americas? We look at some of the key data.

The Americas is home to the world’s original low-cost airline, but LCCs have found it easier to greater traction in Europe and Asia since Southwest was founded.  However, are those trends changing? We take a look at some of the data shaping low-cost travel across the region.

The data is supplied by OAG using its OAG Schedules Analyser tool.

Key carriers
Unsurprisingly, the original LCC has retained its dominance in the market over the last decade, with Southwest still way out in front. However, its market share has been eroded from 48.4 percent to 42.5 percent during the period as the likes of Azul, Volaris and Allegiant have upped their capacity significantly.

Overall, the total low-cost departure seats from across the Americas was 511 million in 2018, some 60.7 percent higher than 2009. Although domestic seats make up the lion’s share of the total LCC capacity, international are the faster-growing category, rising by 371.3 percent compared to the 50.4 percent seen in domestic departure seats.

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