Top Best Low-cost Airlines of 2018
Scheduling flights and purchasing airline tickets is a necessary part of traveling, for business or for pleasure. It’s just part of the process because a century, 15 years, and a few months from the day Wilbur and Orville successfully flew one, the airplane is still the fastest means of traveling today. That fact, out of all the innovations and advances we are making today, makes flying as necessary as a pair of underwear we pack in our suitcase before we go traveling. Now, this depends on where we are going, but most of the time, we are faced with airline options. We just choose what’s cheapest, or what’s most convenient, or even what’s popular or familiar. This article will share with you ten of the best budget airlines traveling internationally, any one of which you might come across in future bookings and reservations.
For the eighth year in a row, AirAsia has earned the title of World's Best Low-Cost Airline. CEO Tony Fernandes and his team have done a miraculous job over the past 15 years to turn a small, failed, state-owned airline in one a multi-national aviation juggernaut.
Reviews of AirAsia on Skytrax praise the airline for its responsive customer service, friendly cabin crew, and efficient operation.
Once again, Virgin America is not only the best low-cost airline in North America, it's also the best airline on the continent. The San Francisco-based boutique carrier offers the style and high-quality service expected from a Virgin-branded company, but with the competitive prices of a low-cost carrier. In April, the company was sold to Alaska Airlines for $2.6 billion. It is unclear what the future will hold for the brand.
Norwegian Air is one of the most aggressive and controversial airlines in the world. The low-cost carrier had drawn the ire of its US competitors by proposing a plan to operate trans-Atlantic flights using an Ireland-based subsidiary. The airline's critics claim that such a move would allow Norwegian to flaunt Norway's strict labour laws and use Ireland as a flag of convenience. Norwegian has denied these accusations. Regardless, Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos plans to launch $69 trans-Atlantic flights in the near future from the US.
In the meantime, the airline is certainly beloved by its customers. Norwegian has been named Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe four-years in a row. In addition, the company also picked up the award for the World's Best Long Haul Low-Cost Airline.
Over the past two decades, EasyJet and its no-frills, low-cost approach have helped it become one of the world's leading budget airlines. The airline's fleet of more than 230 Airbus jets flies to roughly 800 destinations throughout Europe.
Reviewers on Skytrax praised the airline for its solid service and low prices.
Jetstar Airways the low-cost subsidiary of Australia's national airline — Qantas. The Melbourne-based airline operates a fleet of Airbus A320 and Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Skytrax reviewers praised the airline for its quality cabin service and good value for money.
For the fifth year in a row, Jetstar has been named Best Low-Cost Airline in Australia & Pacific.
Southwest Airlines Co. is a major United States airline headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and is the world’s largest low-cost carrier.
The airline was established in 1967 by Herb Kelleher as Air Southwest Co. and adopted its current name, Southwest Airlines Co., in 1971, when it began operating as an intrastate airline wholly within the state of Texas, first flying between Dallas and San Antonio. The airline has about 58,000 employees as of September 2018 and operates about 4,000 departures a day during peak travel season.
Since its launch in 1996, WestJet has grown to become Canada's second largest airline. The Calgary-based company is the work of Azul and JetBlue co-founder David Neeleman. WestJet currently operates its fleet of more than 100 Boeing jets to more than 100 destinations throughout North America and the Caribbean.
The New Delhi-based airline burst on the scene in 2006 and quickly became one of the best low-cost carriers in Asia. The airline operates a brand new fleet of more than 100 Airbus A320 jets. With more than 400 Airbus jets on order, IndiGo is one of the quickest growing airlines in the region. Reviewers on Skytrax praised the airline for its great cabin service and good value for money.
For the seventh consecutive year, IndiGo has been named Best Low-Cost Airline in Central Asia / India.
Eurowings GmbH is a German low-cost airline headquartered in Düsseldorf and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group. Founded in 1996, it serves a network of domestic and European destinations as well as some long-haul routes and maintains bases at Berlin Tegel Airport, Cologne Bonn Airport, Düsseldorf Airport, Hamburg Airport, Hannover Airport, Munich Airport, Nuremberg Airport, Palma de Mallorca Airport, Salzburg Airport, Stuttgart Airport, and Vienna International Airport.
Wow Air is one of the most popular budget airlines out there, but it is on this side of the list because of glaring scores in quality of service, claims processing and on-time performance. Wow Air is a company based in Ireland. It’s CEO is Skúli Mogensen, an Icelandic financial investor, but with the biggest stakes in Wow Air. The airline serves numerous destinations in the United States and Europe, cities that include Barcelona, London, Toronto, Copenhagen, Dublin, Paris, and even Tel Aviv. By December they are breaking ground and landing in India. But the numbers are not good for Wow Air, they are last in AirHelp’s rankings. While WOW Air is at the top of the list of cheap airlines, we took them out because it is on the top of the list of airlines to avoid, too.
Blog By Shota Cherkezishvili