In describing major airlines, are "point-to-point" and "low-cost" synonymous? Or is this an over-generalization?


What is the difference between point-to-point and low-cost airlines?

Point to point describes an airline that focuses on delivering services without a connecting hub. This cannot be said to imply low cost.

A independent airline flying between some islands and not offering connections would fall into this category as much as Ryanair, Easyjet or Spirit Airlines.

Low Cost generally implies a point-to-point operation. They structure their business model around filling aircraft on high-demand routes.

Reasons for this: The cost and complexity of handling and organising hubs and connecting flights violates their carefully controlled profit margins and structure.

Hence IMHO you can normally assume a low-cost operation will be a point-to-point operation, but not the other way around.

  • $\begingroup$ Several low cost carrier does have connecting hub like Eurowing and Airasia $\endgroup$
    – Him
    Jul 20 '15 at 13:24

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