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Cheap flight short hops doing better than long-haul routes

Cheap flight short hops doing better than long-haul routes

Airlines offering cheap flights are performing better than traditional airlines, according to new research.

Figures from the Official Airline Guide (OAG) reveal that the capacity across low carrier routes has grown by 13 percent this month compared to July last year.

Steve Casley, chief operating officer at the OAG, suggests that this is a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy picture across other parts of the airline industry.

"While some regions continue to show steady growth, the impact from the current climate in the United States is already contributing to an overall slowdown in the global figures and on the key long-haul routes," he explained.

Intra-European flights also rose above the worldwide average of one per cent growth in July, recording a three percent increase in capacity.

Long-haul transatlantic flights, usually one of the stronger performers, also recorded above-average capacity increases of two percent.

Meanwhile, easyJet chief executive, Andy Harrison, has told the Times that the stage is set for short-haul carriers offering cheap flights to reap the rewards of increasing long-haul costs.

He told the newspaper: "It is going to be a lot more expensive to fly to Miami for winter sun than Italy."

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