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Oct 19 2012 14:58 Sapa

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Johannesburg - Low cost carriers are more relevant today than ever, low cost airline Mango said on Friday.

"Simple arithmetic makes it clear that opting for a lower cost base and better operational efficiency is preferable to the higher input costs normally associated with traditional carriers," CEO Nico Bezuidenhout said.

"Commercial agility, high asset utilisation, optimised seat density, accessibility and other innovations will continue to place LCC's ahead of other carriers."

Bezuidenhout was speaking at the 42nd annual general meeting of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa in Maputo, Mozambique.

He said consumers voted with their wallets, therefore LCCs outnumbered legacy carriers and growth was likely to continue in this trend.

"While the current climate has not been conducive for an overly strong showing in the LCC sector, one also continues to see sustained migration from legacy airlines to more affordable options."

He said that LCCs were here to stay and he expected them to lead in Africa over the next decade.

 
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