Looks to me like we're getting a four-tier system in Europe
1. Traditional carriers who have extensive LCC and traditional carrier competition, who must therefore compete by differentiating and improving their product. Eg. BD
2. Traditional carriers without extensive LCC competition and only limited traditional carrier competition, who therefore are under less pressure to have a good product, and so who can sacrifice in flight and customer service without fear of losing customers. Eg. OS
3. LCC carriers competing directly with traditional carriers from/to primary airports, who are able to charge for in-flight service, but who must maintain some semblance of customer service on the ground to compete with traditional carriers. Eg. U2
, 4U, TV
4. LCC carriers operating to/from secondary airports with very little direct competition at all from other LCC or traditional carriers. These carriers charge for inflight service and have no need to provide any form of customer service on the ground. Eg. FR
To my mind, types 2 and 4 are the ones to avoid, as they have less to lose if they fail to meet your expectations.
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