|Quoting Crox1 (Thread starter):|
Do you think that LCC's are killing the full fare market and driving Pax away from the large airlines.
Absolutely - and I see it with great concern. If the traditional airlines are killed by LCCs, the customer suffers big time (and already does in some areas). Do you think LCCs will serve non-profitable remote locations? Certainly not - so customers there will have to travel for hours to get to an airport. My prediction is that the customer - especially in Europe - will be worse off in the long run.
Another great concern is the environmental impact. Yes, I love to fly, and I shouldn't throw stones, sitting in the glass house myself. But let's face it, is it really necessary that we can fly from FRA
for a day of shopping? Many airports and airspaces are at their limits already, so why add more flights that are not necessary? Although there have been great improvements over the past decade or so, aviation is still the least environmentally sound way of travelling, no matter what some people want us to believe.
And by the way: Low cost means low cost to the airline, not necessarily to the customer. Over the past few years I was almost always better off flying main carriers, rather than LCCs (mostly in or from North America and in Europe, but also in New Zealand). If you can't book very long in advance, LCCs often are even more expensive than traditional airlines. The 99 pence fares of Ryanair, for example, are just a few seats per flight, and are gone very very quickly. BA
were often cheaper for me. Also, if you add the time and cost to get to and from the smaller airports out of the city it is questionable if it comes cheaper (getting to/from STN
to the city is quite pricey - sometimes more than the airfare, whereas LHR
is connected to the subway at reasonable fares).
One other thing: In Europe and in Australia/New Zealand, as well as in Canada and often in the US, LCCs are NOT of lower quality. Often they have new equipment and friendly staff. From that standpoint, I loved my experiences with Freedom Air, WestJet, and easyJet. Not so good were Ryanair and Jetsgo(ne)...