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Revealed: the best low-cost airlines in 2024

AirlineRatings.com has analysed passenger reviews, fleet age and safety ratings to determine which budget operators are worth the bargain

Liv Kelly
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Liv Kelly
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Copping a super-cheap flight might seem like a good idea when you’ve finally had that annual leave approved, but the reality of flying on a budget can lead to everything from enduring terrible legroom to succumbing to hidden fees

Thankfully, AirlineRatings.com has conducted some analysis into the world’s best low-cost airlines, to make those annoyances a little less likely. The platform has evaluated 12 criteria, including passenger reviews, product offerings, safety and incident ratings and the age of an operator’s fleet, awarded each airline a score out of seven, and the results have landed. 

Europe did well overall, with nine low-cost airlines making the top 25, including Transavia, easyJet and Air Baltic, but Vietjet, a Vietnamese operator, won two awards in total: best ultra low-cost airline and best low-cost airline online hospitality. 

Is your go-to airline for budget flights on the list? Take a look below. 

The 25 best low-cost airlines in the world (in alphabetical order)

  • AirAsia Group
  • Air Baltic
  • Air Canada Rouge
  • Cebu Pacific
  • easyJet
  • Eurowings
  • FlyDubai
  • FlyNAS
  • GOL
  • Jetblue
  • Jet2
  • Jetstar Group
  • Jeju Air
  • Norwegian
  • Peach
  • Ryanair
  • Scoot
  • Spicejet
  • Suncountry
  • Southwest
  • Transavia
  • Vietjet
  • Volotea
  • Vueling
  • WizzAir

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