A low cost airline is a carrier that offers generally low fares in exchange for reducing many of the traditionally offered passenger services, by no means compromising the security of the travelers. The general characteristics of the low cost airlines are:
Flying to cheaper, less congested secondary airports and flying early in the morning or late in the evening to take advantage of lower landing fees; Short flights and fast turnaround times, allowing maximum utilization of the aircraft; Direct sales of tickets, especially over the Internet, avoiding fees and commissions paid to travel agents and reservations systems; Eliminated in-flight catering and other complimentary services, replaced by optional paid-for in-flight food and beverages.
Since the early 1990's a number of these airlines have sprung up all over North America as an alternative to the major, long-established carriers. Most successful low cost / charter airlines operating in the United States and Canada … Read More