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CAPA's Airlines in Transition: LCCs - remaining pure in an impure world

25-Apr-2014 2:34 PM

The "pure" LCC model was all about focusing on costs - and nothing else. This allowed its stern adherents to charge significantly lower fares than incumbent airlines and to make dramatic gains in market share. In turn, FSCs adopted elements of the LCC model, particularly on short haul, and LCCs started to add features on top of the basic 'no-frills' offer.

What are the implications for the cost base of diluting the purity of focus? Does the additional yield derived from providing additional services justify increasing the cost base? Should LCCs grow their links with FSCs and even provide them with feed?

This report, our third based on themes raised at CAPA's Airlines in Transition 2014 conference in Dublin in Apr-2014, touches on these issues as discussed by a panel of experienced industry experts. Moderated by Professor Rigas Doganis, the panel included Conor McCarthy (Executive Chairman of Dublin Aerospace and Co-founder of AirAsia), Jim Young (President of Canada Jetlines), Andrew Pyne (Senior Partner, Concuros), Tony Davis (COO, Irelandia Aviation) and Alex Cruz (CEO of Vueling).

UK regional air connectivity fund – which airports does it help? And what is a ‘region’ anyway?

25-Apr-2014 6:00 PM

China airport wrap: Beijing's growth slows while Shanghai awaits a surge; Kunming fastest-growing

25-Apr-2014 12:38 PM

Delta Air Lines continues to work towards achieving investment-grade with strong 1Q2014 results

24-Apr-2014 9:52 PM

Alitalia's long-haul network and Etihad's short-haul feed are enhanced with Etihad's proposed stake

24-Apr-2014 6:56 PM

AirAsia X drives 43% transit traffic at Kuala Lumpur's KLIA. Can Singapore follow the same recipe?

24-Apr-2014 11:00 AM

Porter Airlines’ plans remain in limbo as its competitors work to sustain their long-term viability

23-Apr-2014 9:58 PM

CAPA’s Hall of Fame - Tim Clark

25-27 November, 2013, Airlines in Transition 2013
CAPA’s Hall of Fame celebrates the greatest of aviation legends – individuals who have made a substantial difference to the industry. Recent inductee Tim Clark, president of Emirates, has built the world’s leading long-haul network and long-haul transit hub, implemented new widebody aircraft programmes and recently  spearheaded a ground-breaking alliance with Qantas. Sir Tim looks back at the growth of Emirates and how the airline has remained true to its original business model from the late 1980s, despite achieving massive growth.

Peter Foster - President, Air Astana

Willie Walsh - CEO, IAG

Alan Joyce - CEO, Qantas

Alex Cruz - CEO, Vueling

Christoph Mueller - CEO, Aer Lingus
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