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US LCCs on the march


Record fuel prices, a weak economy and crisis-ridden network carriers are providing US LCCs their biggest expansion opportunity since the start of the century. As network airlines elsewhere in the world scale back, the same principle may well apply. [1303 words]

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  • LCCs well positioned to grow their market shares
  • Fourth quarter flashpoint
  • Network carriers flee to safer ground...
  • ...And shrink at home
  • LCCs grow their share, and their influence
  • Conclusion: The remorseless march of the LCCs

Graphs and data:

  • Operating profit or loss for network ("legacy") carriers and LCCs: 1998-2007 (2007 dollars, billions)
  • Unit costs excluding fuel: Network airlines vs LCCs: 1998-2007: Cost per available seat mile (in 2007 dollars)
  • US domestic seat capacity: 4Q99 to 4Q08 (red bars indicate reductions
  • US domestic flights: 4Q99 to 4Q08
  • Trans-Atlantic flights: 4Q99 to 4Q08
  • North American carrier domestic ASM vs ASM growth for the six months ended 30-Jun-08
  • Number of dominated and non-dominated US markets: Top 5,000 Markets, 1998-2006
  • Change in passenger share at selected dominated airports by dominant airline: 1998 and 2006
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