Top 25 low cost airlines at the end of 2012

Top 25 low cost airlines by ASK index at the end of 2012

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According to information provided by Innovata, Southwest Airlines remains the largest low-cost carrier in the world after the ASK (available seat kilometers) index at the end of 2012. At a considerable distance, Ryanair is in second place, the Irish operator registering a decrease of 7,2% against 2011.

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Top 5 remains unchanged, but with small oscillations. The goal was down almost 10 percent, easyJet increased 6.4%. But the biggest increases were recorded by Vueling Airlines (40.4%), Lion Airlines (ONLY%), Indigo (34.6%).

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Wizz Air, one of the largest low-cost operators in Europe, increased by 4.6%, but lost a place in the ranking. 2013 may be better because more routes will be launched, but the fleet will also expand with new aircraft. Wizz Air also operates from Romania to 50 routes, from 5 airports. In 2013, Wizz Air will launch new routes departing from Cluj, Tg. Mures, Bucharest.

Below you have the complete table with the largest 25 low cost airlines by ASK index at the end of 2012!

Airline Dec-11 Dec-12 % Change Global rank Ranking
Dec-11 Dec-12 variance
Southwest Airlines 3,052,855,291 3,276,525,770 7.3% 1 1
Ryanair 1,590,511,473 1,476,213,184 -7.2% 2 2
JetBlue Airways 1,189,448,769 1,214,788,293 2.1% 3 3
easyJet 1,056,070,278 1,124,069,015 6.4% 4 4
Gol 1,007,352,569 913,465,718 -9.3% 5 5
Lion Airlines 602,332,879 810,548,478 34.6% 9 6 +3
Jetstar Airways 627,376,629 732,129,754 16.7% 8 7 +1
Westjet 677,374,415 703,526,653 3.9% 7 8 -1
AirTran Airways 704,027,357 593,301,841 -15.7% 6 9 -3
AirAsia Berhad 514,497,106 592,750,621 15.2% 10 10
Indigo 363,580,357 489,547,961 34.6% 14 11 +3
norwegian 376,017,532 460,529,531 22.5% 12 12
Condor 408,981,174 400,293,763 -2.1% 11 13 -2
Virgin America 350,169,261 387,519,726 10.7% 16 14 +2
Spirit Airlines 297,900,830 373,126,368 25.3% 19 15 +4
Volaris 305,039,639 348,697,350 14.3% 18 16 +2
Frontier Airlines 363,405,399 330,101,798 -9.2% 15 17 -2
Wizz Air 314,854,410 330,075,746 4.8% 17 18 -1
SpiceJet 270,033,409 313,233,746 16.0% 20 19 +1
AirAsia X Sdn. Bhd. 367,668,226 306,214,544 -16.7% 13 20 -7
Cebu Pacific Air 262,579,589 285,040,540 8.6% 21 21
Air Arabia 247,294,792 275,508,189 11.4% 23 22 +1
Pegasus 247,563,308 268,113,218 8.3% 22 23 -1
Vueling Airlines 175,838,664 246,848,248 40.4% 24 24
Allegiant Air 173,834,741 217,749,960 25.3% 25 25
GRAND TOTAL 15,546,608,096 16,469,920,012 5.9%

Source: Innovated

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