Airlines are facing the worst downturn in the history of aviation as countries continue to restrict air travel to halt the spread of Covid-19. Unless such restrictions are eased, a recovery in the fortunes of airlines will not occur. But when travellers can take to the skies again, low-cost carriers (LCCs) are poised to rebound quicker compared to full-service carriers (FSCs), says Campbell Wilson, CEO of Scoot.

For one, LCCs by their definition offer lower air fares compared to FSCs. And they are point-to-point operators. Hence, they do not rely on hub aggregation, says Wilson. Moreover, LCCs usually carry leisure travellers rather than corporate and business travellers, he adds.

Also, LCCs tend to operate regional flights rather than intercontinental flights. Such flights are closer to home and are within the tolerable risk perception of the average traveller, which is shaped by familiarity, household budgets and annual leave, says Wilson.

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