A number of Budget Airlines have sprung up in North America as an alternative to mainstream, long-established airlines. As services decrease on the traditional, scheduled carriers, these low cost options seem even more attractive.
This is the low cost airline that other airlines – both legacy carriers and other low cost airlines – often try to emulate. Southwest Airlines is not just known for great fares, but for customer service.
This Canadian low cost airline flies across Canada, to the United States and now to points in the Caribbean. Westjet is also loosely allied with Southwest Airlines.
AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Southwest Airlines, is an American low-cost airline headquartered in Orlando, Florida. AirTran operates over 700 daily flights, primarily in the eastern and midwestern United States.
The company is headquartered in the Forest Hills neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens. Its main base is John F. Kennedy International Airport, also in Queens.
The airlines stated aim is to provide low-fare, high-quality service for “long-haul point-to-point service between major metropolitan cities on the Eastern and West Coast seaboards.” San Francisco International Airport is Virgin Americas principal base of operations and sole hub.
Spirit Airlines has been likened to Europe`s Ryanair as not just a low cost airline, but no frills one as well.
Air Transat is an airline based in Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, operating scheduled and charter flights, serving 60 destinations in 25 countries. The airline is owned and operated by Transat A.T. Inc. During the summer season its main destinations are Europe and in the winter season the Caribbean, Mexico, USA and Central America.
Frontier Airlines has its main hub in Denver and serves several cities in the United States.