• Manila ranks 10th in countries with highest seat capacity of low cost carriers

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    Manila ranked 10 among countries with highest seating capacity of 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.

    In their travel portfolio solutions Air Traffic, Amadeus said that the
    total 5.74 million seating capacity of Manila was only 850,000 seats
    behind New York City, which ranked ninth of the list.

    In a statement released on Tuesday, Amadeus said that aside from
    Manila, Asian cities like Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur also topped the
    list with 9.8 million and 8.2 million recorded seating capacities,
    respectively. Jakarta rose by 44 percent compared last year, placing
    third, while Kuala Lumpur increased their 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,” said Amadeus LCC specialist Alexandre Jorre.
    London topped the list, registering a 3-percent increase to 14.8
    million seating capacity, followed by Sao Paolo with a 7-percent up
    compared last year, totaling to 10.75 million seats offered in the
    first half of the year.

    Among the cities with the highest seating capacity of LCCs include Las
    Vegas at fifth with 7.5 million seat capacity; Denver with 6.9
    million; Chicago with 6.85 million; and Barcelona with 6.70 million
    seat capacity.

    Combined LCC seating capacities of the three Asian cities—Manila,
    Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur—resulted in a 28.7 percent increase or 129.3
    million seating capacity.

    In terms of regional growth, some significant regional increase in
    terms of LCC capacity included the Middle East—went up by 17.7 percent
    to 13.50 million seats Africa 13.1 percent to 4.30 million.

    Though Europe and North America registered the slightest gains, only
    by 0.8 percent and 1.5 percent, they still recorded the highest LCC
    seating capacity in regional category with 182 million and 154
    million, respectively.

    The Amadeus Air Traffic analyzes and calculates estimates for total
    air passenger volume for any origin and destination worldwide,
    including those dominated by LCCs.

    Kristyn Nika M. Lazo

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