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LCCs in Asia, Mideast post strong capacity growth

Global transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, Amadeus has said low-cost carriers (LCC) in Asia and the Middle East have posted strong capacity growth in the first six months of 2013, compared with the same period a year ago. Asia showed the strongest growth rates of any region with a 28% overall increase to reach 129 million departing LCC seats in the first six months of 2013. “We see a natural boom in LCC capacity across Asia, where point-to-point air travel is largely underserved,” said Alexandre Jorre, LCC specialist, Amadeus. On a global basis, London’s LCC seat capacity is by far the largest of any city with nearly 15 million available LCC seats, or around 1.5 times the number of available seats at the next largest LCC city, Sao Paulo, the study said.