Low-Cost Airlines Stimulate Travel, Economy Low-cost airlines prove a great commercial benefit to travelers — and also to the economy. In addition to hiring more workers, they transform airports by forcing aviation operators and travelers to be more efficient. Charlie Isdell, director of aviation for Philadelphia, says the arrival of Southwest Airlines to Philadelphia increased passenger totals by the millions.
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Low-Cost Airlines Stimulate Travel, Economy

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Low-Cost Airlines Stimulate Travel, Economy

Low-Cost Airlines Stimulate Travel, Economy

Low-Cost Airlines Stimulate Travel, Economy

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Low-cost airlines prove a great commercial benefit to travelers — and also to the economy. In addition to hiring more workers, they transform airports by forcing aviation operators and travelers to be more efficient.

As Philadelphia's director of aviation Charlie Isdell tells NPR's Steve Inskeep, the arrival of Southwest Airlines to Philadelphia International Airport in 2003 increased passenger totals by the millions.