With the rapid growth of low cost carriers, Asia-based LCCs dominate in terms of offering cheapest flights according to a study detailing the cheapest commercial airlines in the world.
The study on the cheapest fares was done by booking engine and travel planning platform Rome2Rio, called the Global Flight Pricing report. On its third edition, it based its findings on economy class fares from 200 airlines around the world. The cheapest airlines are based on the average cost per kilometer ($/km), which globally rose from USD $0.17 US cents in 2016 to USD $0.18 in 2018. The study has three lists - an overall (international/domestic), international, and domestic searches.
Among the top 10 cheapest airlines overall, 24 were based in both the Middle East and Asia. Tigerair Australia took the top spot ($0.06/km), followed by AirAsia X ($0.07/km), Indonesia AirAsia ($0.08/km), and Jetstar ($0.09/km). Other Asia-based carriers in the top rankings include Citilink Indonesia, and Lion Mentari Airlines.
The best showing for full-service carriers came from Etihad, which came in at #5 on the list ($0.10) followed by Oman Air ($0.10). While its a 5-star airline, Qatar Airways came in at #11 on the list overall with a cost of $0.11/km.
Other notable airlines from the region include (Overall):
- Emirates, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines ($0.11/km)
- Cathay Pacific, China Southern, EVA Air, Scoot Tigerair ($0.12/km)
- Air Asia, Hainan, Jetstar Asia, Air China, China Eastern, Virgin Atlantic ($0.13/km)
For international flight searches, AirAsia X took the top spot followed by Air India Express, Indonesia AirAsia. IndiGo took the #5 spot, followed by Etihad. Australian-based Qantas and Virgin Australia took the #8 and #10 spots.
On the domestic travel category, Tigerair Australia and Jetstar lead the way. Indonesian carriers such as Citilink, Batik, Indonesia AirAsia occupy the top ten for this listing.
Kirsteene Phelan, Chief Operating Officer at Rome2rio, commented: “There has never been more choice in how holidaymakers can travel to their destination. As flight prices look set to continue increasing, balancing your holiday budget with the experience of traveling becomes a key booking motivation. Paying less for a seat may mean traveling without luggage or being left with a middle seat on a long-haul flight. Travelers are increasingly being asked what price they will put on comfort and convenience.”
The complete study can be seen here.