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    LCCs: global market share gains led by emerging markets

    The global LCC sector has grown at a staggering pace since the beginning of this decade. There are now more than 100 LCCs operating a combined fleet of 6,000 aircraft.

    The LCC fleet has doubled in size since the end of 2009, when it consisted of only 2,900 aircraft (source: CAPA Fleet Database). Global LCC seat capacity has also doubled since 2009, reaching nearly 1.7 billion in 2018 (source OAG).

    Asia Pacific is now the world’s largest LCC market, accounting for nearly 600 million seats, or 35% of the global LCC seats in 2018. The Asia Pacific LCCs have expanded from a fleet of only 400 aircraft at the end of 2009 to 1,900 aircraft currently and are poised for more rapid growth, given their massive order book of 2,400 aircraft.

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    Raleigh Durham International airport: a ULCC growth surge in 2019

    Raleigh Durham International airport has been one of the fastest growing medium sized markets in the US for the past three to four years. Much of the growth was fuelled by Delta Air Lines’ decision to turn Raleigh into a focus city after the company had determined that Raleigh was a ripe growth market with no dominant airline.

    Now Raleigh is drawing attention from the US’ largest ULCCs – Spirit and Frontier Airlines. Raleigh will become a new destination for Spirit Airlines in 2019, which plans to add seven routes from the airport. Spirit’s fellow ULCC Frontier has been rapidly expanding from Raleigh, and is adding eight new routes from the airport in 2019.

    The moves by Spirit and Frontier into Raleigh round out a solid representation of various airline models in that market – FSCs, lower cost airlines and ultra low cost carriers – which ultimately should create more options for Raleigh’s growing passenger base.

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    Vietnam airports: Can Tho joins international trend with AirAsia

    In 2Q2019 Can Tho will become the eighth airport in Vietnam with scheduled international services when AirAsia launches flights from Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Other new international services from other airlines will likely follow, including to China, boosting tourism in Can Tho and the Mekong River region of southern Vietnam.

    Can Tho is the latest in a growing list of secondary Vietnamese airports to become international. Vietnam currently has seven airports with scheduled international services but six years ago, in early 2013, the country had only three: the main cities of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi and Da Nang.

    Nha Trang gained international status in 2013, followed by Phu Quoc in 2014, Hai Phong in 2015 and Da Lat in 2017. Vinh also gained international status in 2014 but does not currently have any scheduled international flights.

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    Ukraine aspires to be a Europe-Asia aviation hub, attract LCCs

    The Infrastructure Ministry in Ukraine wants to develop regional airports, attract more LCCs and, most ambitiously, build an international hub to connect Europe and Asia.

    Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure, Volodymyr Omelyan, has identified the key directions for aviation reform in Ukraine as: development of regional airports, the attraction of LCCs to reduce fares, and a fair and transparent market for air services.

    However, the Ukrainian state airline (UIA) has few flights to Asia and a fleet that is not set up for expanded long haul operations. Moreover, there are many airports in those regions already fulfilling the international hub requirement and the circumstances in Ukraine at the moment are not ideal for making a success of that venture.

    On the other hand, there are good prospects for the further development of LCC routes and the airports that service them.

    This report considers the group’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

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