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

SP's Airbuz - - Airports Budget Terminals - BY R. CHAN­DRAKANTH

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)

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