Travelling on flights was initially considered a luxury and a mode of travel only for the rich. There was a time when airfare used to be sky-high and the average middle class did not even try to go for it. However, with the rapid rise of budget airlines, which offer an option of flight ticket booking at nominal rates. These low-cost carriers (LCCs) have made progress and have almost overtaken its full-priced counterparts with budget travel. Such has been their impact that the price of tickets has emerged as one of the determining factors while booking.
A Bright Future for LCCs
According to the Centre for Aviation, the year 2014 is slated to witness a further boost these budget airlines. Approximately, the number of aircraft operated by LCCs currently is nearly 1000 in the Asia-Pacific region solely. Apart from this, over 1500 models are already up on orders with various manufacturers by these budget carriers. This information throws light upon the fact that these carriers will dominate the aviation in the next few years as well. Furthermore, ten LCCs are planning to launch a start-up in the year in this region only. The increasing competition is also another reason, which has boosted their global surge.
Offering at Par Services
Contrary to the public opinion, travelling on a full-fledged carrier and a LCC does not have vast differences when the facilities and services are taken into account. There was a time when carriers offered free baggage, complimentary meals and in-flight entertainment for no separate charges. However, with inflation most carriers have done away with some or all these free services. On the other hand, low-cost airlines keep some of these facilities and offer a lower ticket price. Obviously, these would attract more travellers who are always on the lookout for cheapest air tickets.
Having Single Aircraft Type
The major question still lies as how these LCCs manage to keep a nominal price in this era when the word cheap is almost out of…