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easyJet to slow growth, Ryanair to target major airports

28-Oct-2010

Europe’s two largest LCCs, Ryanair and easyJet, have recently drawn attention to slowing growth in the European market. easyJet founder and largest shareholder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has urged the airline's management to rein-in expansion to match the environment, while Michael O’Leary has said Ryanair would now consider operating to major European airports - a major shift from its strategy of serving lower-cost secondary airports. [1337 words]

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Subheadings:

  • LCC European market share stands at 36%
  • Sir Stelios urges management to rein-in expansion
  • Sir Stelios seeking dividend; Ryanair declares first dividend
  • Ryanair plans to shift to major airport as growth slows
  • Ryanair CEO awaits Aer Lingus stake sale; part of strategy to access main airports?

Graphs and data:

  • European LCC capacity share: Sep-2001 to Sep-2010
  • Ryanair and easyJet fleet growth projections: FY2010 to FY2013
  • Ryanair’s airport & handling charges as a percentage of total operating costs: 1QFY2005 to 1QFY2011
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