A low cost airline is a carrier that generally offers low fares without compromising the safety of passengers in any way to reduce most of the traditionally offered passenger services. General features of low cost airlines are:
Flying to cheaper, less cramped secondary airports and flying early in the morning or late in the evening to take advantage of low landing fees; short flights and fast turnaround times that allow maximum use of the aircraft; direct ticket sales, especially on the Internet, avoiding fees and commissions paid to travel agencies and reservation systems; catering and other free services are replaced by food and drinks upon request.
Since the early 1990s, many of these airlines have spread all over North America as an alternative to large, well-established carriers. The most successful low cost / charter airlines operating in the United States and Canada are:
Orlando Sanford International Airport and St. Nationwide flights operating at major bases at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport
Indiana, a low cost airline based in Indianapolis, operates scheduled charter flights worldwide as well as scheduled passenger flights throughout the US mainland and Hawaii.
AirTran, based in Orlando, Florida, operates more than 700 flights a day in the east of the USA and the Midwest.
AMERICAN WEST AIRLINES
It is the second lowest-cost airline in the U.S. serving approximately 100 destinations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The main centers are Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.
The airline at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado, operates flights across the United States, Mexico and Canada. The main destinations of the USA are west of the Mississippi River.
It is one of the major American low cost airlines offering flights to the United States (New York-JFK, Long Beach, Oakland, Boston, Orlando, Ft Lauderdale, Washington-Dulles) and the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, and Mexico.
America’s largest low-cost airline at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Chicago Midway Airport, Houston’s Hobby Airport, Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport, Phoenix, Nashville, Oakland and Sky Harbor Airport in San Diego.
In addition to flights across the country, it also serves destinations in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Mexico.
SOLAR COUNTRY AIRLINES
It uses the nearby Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport as the main hub and operates flights to destinations in the USA, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
Canada is a low-cost carrier, located in Calgary, Alberta and flying in major cities in Canada and 11 cities in the United States. WestJet was named the second best low-cost airline in North America.