Low-cost carriers are driving growth in the Middle East aviation market, recording a 9.3 per cent increase in seat capacity in 2019, according to CAPA Centre for Aviation.
Indeed, the share of total seat capacity held by low-cost carrier across the Middle East increased from 14.9 per cent in 2018 to 16.5 per cent 2019.
Over the next 12 months, low-cost carriers are predicted to continue to chip away at their bigger rivals’ market share, with Saudia-subsidiary, flyadeal, leading this trend.
The carrier became the region’s largest low-cost airline by seats in 2019, recording a capacity growth of 78.1 per cent, according to the latest CAPA data.
Arabian Travel Market will seek to showcase this first-hand, with low-cost carriers including flydubai, flynas and flyadeal confirmed for the 2020 edition of the show.
Danielle Curtis, exhibition director, Middle East, Arabian Travel Market, said: “Situated within eight-hours of two-thirds of the world’s population and located between the major cities of Europe in the north-west, the fast-developing east African cities in the west and India and Pakistan in the east – the Middle East is the ideal location to set up a budget airline, attracting passenger traffic from within the region as well as…