To decide which are the best low cost airlines in the world, we must first define what a low cost airline is. A low-cost airline or a low-cost carrier is a budget airline that cuts down some of the traditional services provided in the fare, providing customers with lower fares.
However, these lower fares result in fewer comforts. So the airline usually provides these comforts at an increased price for those who want it.
The airline often charges for extras such as food, premium seats and baggage. This also helps the airline make up for some of the revenue lost in reduced ticket prices.
Now that we know what a budget carrier is, let’s take a look at the best low cost airlines in the world according to Skytrax.
World's Best Low-Cost Airline 2018: Air Asia
Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, AirAsia is the largest Malaysian airline by fleet size and destinations. It operates scheduled domestic and international flights to more than 165 destinations across 25 countries.
For the tenth successive year, Air Asia has managed to claim the number one position as the best low cost airline in the world.
Air Asia also won the prize for best low cost in Asia. And AirAsia X was presented World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin for the sixth consecutive year.
Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe 2018: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Norwegian Air Shuttle is a Norwegian low-cost airline. It is the largest low-cost airline in Scandinavia, offering a full schedule of domestic, international and long-haul flights.
In addition to best low cost airline in Europe, Norwegian also won the award for World's Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline.
Best Low-Cost Airline in the Middle East 2018: Flynas
Formerly known as Nas Air, Flynas was the first budget airline in Saudi Arabia. It offers domestic and international flights.
This is the second year in a row that Flynas wins the Skytrax award for the best low-cost airline in the Middle East.
It is noteworthy to mention that Flynas has also won the Middle East’s Leading Low-Cost Airline award from World Travel Awards for the fourth consecutive year.
Best Low-Cost Airline in Africa 2018: Mango Airlines
A subsidiary of South African Airways, Mango Airlines is a state-owned South African low-cost airline.
Mango is a Connecting Partner with Star Alliance. The airline has also won Skytrax awards in 2014 and 2015.
Best Low-Cost Airline in North America 2018: WestJet Airlines
WestJet Airlines is a low-cost Canadian airline that provides scheduled and charter air service to 107 domestic and international destinations.
Not only did WestJet get the award for best low-cost airline in North America, it also ranked number 6 globally in the Best Low Cost Airlines category.
Best Low-Cost Airline in South America 2018: Sky Airline
Sky Airline is a low cost airline based in Santiago, Chile. It offers domestic and international flights to numerous destinations.
Sky Airline has also won the award for Best Regional Airline in South America in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Skytrax.
Best Low-Cost Airline in Australia / Pacific 2018: Jetstar Airways
Jetstar Airways is an Australian low-cost airline. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas Airways.
Jetstar Airways also ranked as number 4 globally in the Best Low Cost Airlines category.
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