Members of the European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA) broke through the 200 million passenger mark in 2012, continuing their upward trend year-on-year despite the difficult financial environment.
ELFAA member airlines are EasyJet, Flybe, Jet2.com, Norwegian, Ryanair, Sverigeflyg, Transavia.com, Volotea, Vueling and Wizz Air. They carried 202.4 million passengers in 2012, up 7.2% on the previous year. Their fleet grew 9.4% in 2012 and load factor remained stable at an average of 83.2% year-over-year.
ELFAA secretary general John Hanlon said the latest figures “show ELFAA airlines continuing to thrive, despite the many challenges facing our industry sector, such as ongoing injections of illegal state aid to flagship carriers such as SAS, and the ongoing failure to implement the Single European Sky. These results demonstrate that the low-cost business model is not only sustainable, even during difficult economic times, but also provides an attractive and affordable travel option for consumers.”
He warned, however, that “a very real threat” lay in plans to implement a partial moratorium on application of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to all flights other than intra-EU flights. “This highly discriminatory proposal will, if adopted, not only distort competition, but decimate the environmental effectiveness of EU ETS, 80% of EU aviation emissions of CO2 resulting from long-haul flights. ELFAA urges the European Parliament and Council to reject this ill-conceived and damaging proposal,” Hanlon said.