SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6543 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4170 times:
I don't know if there are any countries without one that NEED one...think of the major countries of the world - US, Canada, UK/Ireland, Brazil, Mexico, most of Continental Western Europe, Japan, Australia, South Africa, India...they ALL have them, and multiple ones at that for the most part (I think one a day pops up in India!). Now we even have long-haul LCC's developing in JetStar, Oasis, and Zoom. There are lots of countries that may WANT LCC's...but need, that's another thing. However, I am probably missing a blatant one, so I allow corrections.
Ram025 From Iceland, joined Aug 2005, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4120 times:
I guess I should restate, not need but want is what iam looking for. An example might be an western african country like nigeria. Nigeria has a large population, must have not flown. If lower fares were brought to this country more would be able to. However no many airlines see this like Arik and Virgin Nigeria.
I think most countries with decent size population have some form of low fare airline - I'm sure there are some that don't but I can't think of them. And low fares are all comparative anyway.
New Zealand did not have an "official" LCC until very recently, when Pacific Blue announced domestic service here. Before that it was all Air New Zealand and Qantas NZ. Air New Zealand, especially, is fighting back, but there's a question mark as to how much lower Pacific Blue's fares will be in the long run, though.
ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4040 times:
Is Westjet in Canada still considered a low cost carrier? The only thing that lacks on WS as compared to Air Canada is the upper class. Fares are similar, AC charges extra for everything other than the seat and two pieces of luggage.
Perhaps Canada needs an LCC, as the LCC-standard is now what's non-LCC/mainstream airline in Canada.