These are the best low-cost airlines in the world, according to travelers — see the full list

    AirAsia flight attendants in front of an AirAisa Airbus A320.

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    Airline rating company Skytrax has released its 2024 list of the world’s best low-cost airlines.AirAsia was named the top low-cost airline in the world for the 15th year in a row. Allegiant Air is the highest-ranked US airline on the list. 

    AirAsia has been named the best low-cost airline in the world according to travelers surveyed by travel industry rating company Skytrax.

    Skytrax published its latest survey results in June as part of the 2024 World Airlines Awards, which named Qatar Airways the world’s best airline.

    Budget carriers from Europe and the UK accounted for 9 of the top 20 spots in the Skytrax rankings, compiled using feedback from travelers from over 100 countries on more than 350 airlines.

    Prominent US low-cost carriers like Southwest, Spirit, and Frontier failed to crack the top 20.

    Here’s a closer look at the 20 best low-cost airlines in the world, according to Skytrax:

    20. Sun Country AirlinesA Sun Country Boeing 737

    Sun Country Airlines

    Sun Country operates a fleet of Boeing 737s from its base in Minneapolis to leisure destinations across the US, the Caribbean, and Central America.

    Sun Country was the 89th-ranked carrier in Skytrax’s list of 100 best airlines in the world.

    19. JetStar AsiaA Jetstar Asia Airways Airbus 320 lands at Phuket airport on March 20, 2018.

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    Jetstar Asia is a Singapore-based subsidiary of Australian low-cost carrier Jetstar Airways, which is itself part of Qantas.

    18. Allegiant AirAn Allegiant Airlines flight arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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    Allegiant Air is the highest-ranked US-based low-cost carrier on the list in 18th position. The Las Vegas-based leisure airline operates a fleet of Airbus A320-family aircraft, although its long-awaited fleet of Boeing 737MAX aircraft is expected to arrive this year.

    17. JetSMART AirlinesA JetSMART Airlines Airbus A320neo.

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    Ultra-low-cost carrier JetSMART operates a fleet of Airbus A320-family aircraft to destinations across South America from its headquarters in Santiago, Chile.

    16. SKY AirlineA SKY Airline A321neo leased from Aviation Capital Group on April 12, 2024.

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    Sky Airline won the prize for South America’s top low-cost carrier. This is the fourth time the Chilean carrier has won the award.

    15. Jetstar AirwaysA Jetstar Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Bali.

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    Jetstar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas, was named the top low-cost carrier in Australia/Oceania. Jetstar operates a fleet of Airbus A320-family aircraft and Boeing 787 Dreamliner widebody jets.

    14. EurowingsA Eurowings Airbus A320 aircraft.


    Eurowings is the low-cost subsidiary of German’s Lufthansa Group. The airline operates a fleet of Airbus A320-family aircraft to destinations across Europe and the Middle East.

    13. Jet2.comA Jet2 Boeing 737.


    Jet2 is a British low-cost airline that operates both scheduled and chartered flights to leisure destinations across Europe.

    12. flyDubaiA flyDubai Boeing 737.


    FlyDubai is Dubai’s most prominent low-cost carrier. Its fleet is comprised exclusively of Boeing 737 aircraft. In 2023, the airline launched lie-flat business class suites on board its new Boeing 737MAX airliners.

    11. EasyJetAn easyJet Airbus A320neo.

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    EasyJet is the UK’s top-rated low-cost carrier according to the latest Skytrax rankings.

    10. RyanairA Ryanair Boeing 737 Max 8.

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    Dublin-based Ryanair is arguably the most well-known low-cost airline in the world, most famous for its laughably low prices and penny-pinching business practices. The Irish airline is also one of the world’s largest operators of the Boeing 737.

    9. Iberia ExpressAn Iberia Express Airbus A320

    Iberia Express

    Iberia Express is the low-cost offshoot of Iberia, Spain’s national carrier. As a result, it is one of the airlines that make up the International Airlines Group (IAG) alongside British Airways, Aer Lingus, and fellow Spanish low-cost carrier, Vueling.

    8. airBalticAirBaltic Airbus A220-300 seen departing from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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    AirBaltic operates a fleet comprised exclusively of the Airbus A220. The Latvian low-cost carrier was one of the first airlines in the world to adopt the Canadian jet and remains one of its largest operators.

    7. VuelingA Vueling Airbus.

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    Vueling is Spain’s largest low-cost carrier. Like the country’s flag carrier, Iberia, Vueling is a subsidiary of IAG alongside British Airways and Aer Lingus.

    6. IndiGoAn Indigo Airbus aircraft is parked on the tarmac at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru on June 1, 2024.

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    IndiGo is India’s top low-cost carrier and one of the largest operators of Airbus A320-family aircraft in the world. In 2023, the airline began experimenting with long-haul international flights with a pair of Boeing 777-300ERs leased from Turkish Airlines.

    5. Transavia FranceA Transavia Airlines Boeing 737.


    Transavia France is a low-cost subsidiary of the Air France-KLM Group.

    4. FlynasFlynas Airbus A320 registration HZ-NS33 aircraft seen at Boryspil Airport in Kiev, Ukraine in 2021.

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    Saudi Arabia’s Flynas is the highest-rated Middle Eastern low-cost carrier in the Skytrax ranking. The airline, which launched in 2007, operates a fleet of Airbus A320 and A330 airliners.

    3. VoloteaA Volotea Airbus A319.

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    Spain’s Volotea is the highest-ranked of the 9 European carriers on the list. The airline operates a fleet of Airbus A320-family aircraft on flights across Europe and the Mediterranean.

    2. ScootA Scoot Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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    Singapore’s Scoot is a low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines. The airline took home the award for the world’s best long-haul low-cost airline.

    1. AirAsiaAn AirAsia Airbus A320neo

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    For the 15th year in a row, AirAsia is the top low-cost carrier in the world. The Malaysia-based carrier and its subsidiaries across Southeast Asia operate an all-Airbus fleet.

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