Low-cost carriers spread their wings

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    With FlyDubai now the second biggest operator out of Dubai International Airport and Air Arabia dominating Sharjah’s aviation scene, there is no doubt that low-cost travel has taken off in the region.
    The YouGovSiraj Travel Tracker December 2010 showed the percentage of business travellers using a low-cost carrier (LCC) for short-haul flying rose from 48 per cent in 2009 to 64 per cent in 2010, while around two-thirds of leisure travellers also used a LCC – and both sectors expected to use these airlines more in the future.
    According to Scott Birch, research manager for travel and tourism at YouGov Siraj, people are turning to LCCs as a way to get more out of their budget: “The trend signals a diminished distinction between an economy seat on a legacy carrier that is essentially the same seat on a LCC.”

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