A version of this article appears in the May 26 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Since Air Arabia established itself as the Middle East’s first low-cost carrier in 2003, many operators have followed suit. Yet market penetration of budget airlines is still limited in the region and the recent change of approach by Flynas and FlyDubai, which have added a fully fledged business class, indicates that the pure LCC model and the Arab world do not gel well.  LCCs ...

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