Research shows ticket price trumps all other factors when European passengers choose a short-haul flight, in theory giving the region’s many LCCs an advantage. But 2018 was a tough year for Europe’s carriers. While there were no insolvencies on the scale of airberlin, Alitalia or UK-based Monarch Airlines, a stream of smaller carriers went to the wall. Increasingly, Europe’s big-gun airlines—LCC and full-service—rule. But even Europe’s LCCs found the ...

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