How is operating across an ocean high cost by definition? Based upon the stage length, it should be a much lower cost, even with higher airport cost in Europe. Even WN
has been extending their stage lengths in order to take advantage of the cost savings.
There's definately a place for a low cost long haul LCC. Icelandair and ever Aer Lingus have moved in that direction, but no true long haul LCC has yet emerged. Laker yes, but they used the old model, old planes, packed seats, no amenities.
I think BWI
would be the perfect place to start a long haul LCC. BWI
has wanted more int'l service for years, and they have plenty of feed from WN
(I'm not saying they'd partner, but you can fly in on 'em), and BWI
is well known as a low fare airport that people will drive too.
I could see BWI
, and a number of other airports that the euro LCC's use. I envision everyday fares starting at $99 plus taxes each way, up to a walk up fare of $399. A simple but comfortable business class for $100 more each way, and available for upgrade on day of travel from any fare, similar to AirTran. Focus on the same markets as WN
, VFR traffic, and the cost conscious business traveller. Iwouldn't be surprised to see someone try it soon.