BUDGET AIRPORTS – ARE THEY VIABLE?
In India, there is no exclusive budget airport catering to either LCCs or regional airlines, though there is a clamour in the major metro cities for secondary airports, firstly to decongest the main airport and secondly to give benefits to LCCs and region
THE SCHEDULED COMMERCIAL AIRLINES can be broadly classified into three categories – fullservice carriers (FSCs); low-cost carriers (LCCs) and regional carriers and they fly in and fly out of airports which do not make that kind of distinction. There are differential charges at these airports, but it is not based on the above classification. While low-cost carriers are proliferating around the world, low-cost airports or budget airports are handful. The low-cost carrier terminal also known as budget terminal is a specific type of airport terminal designed with the needs of low-cost airlines in mind. Though terminals may have differential charges, the concept of an all budget terminal is a fairly recent one, but we notice that they are not doing too well. The budget airport at Changi Airport which opened on March 26, 2006, closed down on September 25, 2012. This was the second budget airport in Asia, the first being the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2).
A view of the first budget airport in Asia, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2)