UK offers most budget flights in Europe - Stansted Airport News

Airport news for Stansted on 17/04/2008.

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Last year’s largest low-cost airport in Europe was Stansted Airport. The airport offered more budget flight capacity than any other airport in 2007. The airport was able to provide passengers 14.5 million seats, an improvement of 2.4 per cent over the year before.

The statistics were released by the RDC Aviation’s Low Cost Monitor in their 2008 publication.

All over Europe, the capacity of low-cost carriers (LCC) increased by 22 per cent in 2007 compared with capacity offered on budget flights in 2006. LCC flights accounted for 35 per cent of the capacity of all flights within Europe last year, which is an increase of 31 per cent over the last two years.

According to RDC estimates, LCC’s will account for half the capacity of intra-European flights by 2012.

The number of airports receiving service from conventional airlines actually decreased in 2007. In 2006, 477 airports received conventional flights, while just 466 did so in 2007. Conversely, the number of airports receiving LCC flights increased considerably, jumping from just 6 airports in 2006 to 287 airports in 2007.

Half of all LCC capacity resulted from three airlines: Ryanair, easyJet and airberlin. The highest LCC capacity across of Europe was offered by the UK, however Spain has been growing the most in this area.

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