Spain is the third most visited country in the world (just behind the USA and France in the global tourism ranking) and is the European country where low cost carriers (LCCs) control the largest aviation market share, according to an interactive study by Europair, a Spanish air broker, which analyzes traffic data in 17 European markets based on their relevance in the aviation sector.
There are only two countries in Europe where the market share held by LCCs is larger than legacy airlines, namely Spain (55%) and the UK (54%). Italian LCCs are trailing closely at 48%, while in countries like Poland, Germany and Ireland their market share stands between 40% and 42%.
The data come from Eurocontrol and represent international departures and domestic traffic registered over a one-year period (September 2016 to August 2017). In conclusion, the study highlights that legacy airlines are still holding the upper hand in these 17 countries, with a 59% market share.
The main traffic flows are to/from the UK, Germany, Italy and France, the four big countries that, together with Spain, represent more than 50% of Europe´s total air traffic.
Set up in 1994, Europair is a Spain-based air charter broker specialized in the organization of charter flights to any destination in the world. Europair searches the market for the solution best suited to the specific needs of each client, applying strict suppliers´ selection criteria. Europair advises its clients in the selection of the aircraft model and takes care of the organization and follow-up of the flight. Europair´s multilingual team of experienced aviation specialists is equipped with the latest technology and know-how to take the client through all the steps of flight preparation and personalization. The air charter broker has its offices in Madrid and Palma de Mallorca as well as a representation in Toulouse.