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Discount Airlines Have Doubled Capacity Since 2002

6 September 2006

Southwest Airlines Co., Ryanair Holdings Plc and the world’s other low-cost carriers have doubled capacity in the past four years, OAG Worldwide, a travel and transportation data provider, said.Low-cost carriers are offering 46 million seats on more than 323,000 flights this month compared with 22 million seats on 169,000 flights in September 2002, Dunstable, England-based OAG said in an e-mailed statement today.

Budget airlines now account for 17 percent of all seats on sale worldwide. Discounters have been taking market share from network carriers since Southwest cut costs, slashed prices and increased demand in the U.S., and Ryanair adapted the model to the European market.

source: Bloomberg

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