Manila is ranked 10th among countries with a high seating capacity from low-cost carriers (LCC), increasing its LCC seating capacity by 2 percent amounting to 5.74 million seats for the first half of the year, according to travel technological analytics firm Amadeus.
From its their travel portfolio solutions Air Traffic, Amadeus said that the total 5.74 million seating capacity of the Philippines was only 850,000 seats behind New York City, which ranked ninth on the list.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Amadeus said that besides Manila, Asian cities like Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur also topped the list with 9.8 million and 8.2 million seats, respectively. Jakarta rose by 44 percent compared last year, placing third, while Kuala Lumpur increased its LCC seating capacity by 15 percent. Amadeus LCC specialist Alexandre Jorre said that Asia is currently experiencing a big leap in services provided by LCCs across the region.
“We see a natural boom in LCC capacity across Asia, where point-to-point air travel is largely underserved. However, across the mature markets of Europe and North America capacity is constrained, which may explain why some LCCs are considering new approaches to secure future growth,” Jorre said.
London topped the list, registering a 3-percent increase to 14.8 million seats, followed by Sao Paolo with a 7-percent growth compared to last year, totaling 10.75 million seats offered in the first half of the year.