Theoretical framework

Clashing of carriers

The rise of low-cost carriers in Europe already left its mark on the European airline industry. Because of the success of its model, low-cost carriers extend their networks and continue growing, while competition with other carriers keeps increasing. In the near future low-cost carriers will probably merge with other carriers or participate in alliances, trying to survive in this clashing of carriers.

Before 2000 there where only a couple of low-cost carriers in Europe, today there are almost 60 low-cost carriers, with a total market share of 19% (Williams, 2001). It is estimated only a few low-cost carriers will survive in 2010 with a market share of at least 33% (Airline Business, 2005). In any case Ryanair and EasyJet will belong to the surviving few (Binggeli, 2005), but who will belong to the remaining few is still uncertain.

This part of the site aims to:

  • Define what low-cost carriers exactly are
  • Describe the past development of low-cost model and its carriers in Europe
  • Give a short note on the future development of low-cost carriers
  • Define four different hypothetical low-cost carrier types