Admittedly or not, it is clear that most of the big name LCCs today have adopted some level of connection potential to their networks. It is too significant a revenue stream to be ignored, and implementing a such system - specially internationally - is quite easy. Just schedule the majority of your westbound flights to operate during one half of the day and the eastbound flights during the other half. And you've easily got a basic connectivity potential.

This emerging trend is rapidly closing the ever minimizing gap between full service and low cost carriers.

The connectivity certainly increases the revenue potential for any LCC - and not going to a large scale connectivity oriented hub structure means that they could still keep the costs low. Technological improvements have added the ability of booking connectivity pairs to most reservation systems. The end result is that not only has the connectivy business become more lucrative, but quite easy to implement too.

The lower prices of a LCC connection makes it a better option to the price-conscious traveler; even if there is an extra step of booking two city pairs seperately.

This has opened more chances for those LCCs wishing to move upmarket, and the higher yields will only make that choice more attractive to many. The hybrid-ization of the LCC is not going to stop anytime soon. And the gap between the LCC and the FSC is fast closing.




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Barcelona Air Route Development Committee promotes Barcelona Airport intercontinental flights.