Articles tagged “ultra low cost carrier”

U.S. Discount Carrier Sun Country Airlines Prepares for IPO

U.S. Discount Carrier Sun Country Airlines Prepares for IPO

Brian Sumers, Skift

Frontier Airlines planned to IPO recently but pulled it back for unexplained reasons. Sun Country's owners may see the market differently. Will it be the next U.S. airline to go public?

2 months ago

Low-Cost Carrier Allegiant Seeks Permission to Fly to Mexico, Finally

Low-Cost Carrier Allegiant Seeks Permission to Fly to Mexico, Finally

Brian Sumers, Skift

Allegiant Air has teased us before about flying to Mexico. But the airline is probably serious now. Will smaller-market travelers want to visit Mexican beaches as much as Las Vegas and Orlando? We'll see.

6 months ago

Travel Megatrends 2019: Low-Cost Carriers Lose Some Luster

Travel Megatrends 2019: Low-Cost Carriers Lose Some Luster

Brian Sumers, Skift

Customers like low-cost airlines, but no carriers so far have perfected the model for long-haul flights. It’s not clear they ever will.

8 months ago

Spirit Airlines Gets Boost From Dynamic Pricing on Carry-Ons to Bottled Water

Spirit Airlines Gets Boost From Dynamic Pricing on Carry-Ons to Bottled Water

Brian Sumers, Skift

Almost everything is improving at Spirit Airlines. Its on-time performance is getting better, and customer satisfaction is rising, according to the airline. More importantly for investors, ancillary revenue is up. Can the good times last?

8 months ago

Canada Will Get Yet Another Discount Airline

Canada Will Get Yet Another Discount Airline

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Several ultra-low-cost carriers have started or are in the planning stages in Canada, and many are in some state of disarray. But the market has potential, and if there's anyone who can figure it out, it's Bill Franke. The man has built discount airlines worldwide, and he has an impressive track record.

10 months ago

New Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier Swoops Into Canada

New Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier Swoops Into Canada

Kristin Majcher, Skift

Canada’s newest airline, Swoop, is now up and running with some of the lowest base fares in Canada. While an important milestone, the larger focus continues to be on WestJet’s challenging financial year and ability to execute several big projects at once.

10 months ago

Frontier Owner Steps In to Rescue Wow Air

Frontier Owner Steps In to Rescue Wow Air

Brian Sumers, Skift

Wow Air has delighted passengers with low fares since 2011. But its creditors have not been as happy. Will that change if this investment goes through?

11 months ago

Why Low-Cost Airline Spirit Sees Little Impact From Competitors’ Basic Economy Fares

Why Low-Cost Airline Spirit Sees Little Impact From Competitors’ Basic Economy Fares

Brian Sumers, Skift

It was not clear three years ago whether Spirit could make it long term. It ran a shoddy operation, and it had alienated many of its customers. But Spirit is back, and it's making good returns for shareholders.

12 months ago

Allegiant Air’s Remedy to High Fuel Prices: Buy More Efficient Jets

Allegiant Air’s Remedy to High Fuel Prices: Buy More Efficient Jets

Brian Sumers, Skift

Good riddance. The MD-80 had its moment in the 1980s and 1990s, but manufacturers are producing much more efficient (and quieter) airplanes now.

12 months ago

Yet Another Reminder on Why Airline Competition Is a Beautiful Thing

Yet Another Reminder on Why Airline Competition Is a Beautiful Thing

Brian Sumers, Skift

Frontier is far from the most perfect U.S. airline. It gets more than its share of complaints, and its on-time rate is worse than the U.S. average. But the airline is making some improvements to try to keep passengers from defecting to legacy carriers. That's good for consumers.

1 year ago

What’s Wow Air’s Next Move?

What’s Wow Air’s Next Move?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Can Wow Air make it as a standalone airline? We're not sure. But the airline has some options for its future.

1 year ago

WestJet Takes First Loss in 13 Years Due to Fuel Costs and Labor Strife

WestJet Takes First Loss in 13 Years Due to Fuel Costs and Labor Strife

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

WestJet was a consistently profitable Southwest Airlines clone for years. Then management and the board decided that money-making model wasn't enough. They added turboprops and widebody aircraft, and the airline started flying to Europe. That strategy could eventually work, but for now, WestJet is struggling.

1 year ago