Popular Discount Airlines
Ryanair is the most popular discount airline in Europe. It flies to destinations all across Europe and has hubs set up at more than 70 airports, more than any other airline in the world. The airline has hubs in most parts of Europe — almost everywhere except Scandinavia. Although, the airline still flies to/from Scandinavian countires.
Ryanair's hubs include Dublin, London Stansted, Ibiza, Krakow, Frankfurt, Milan, Marseille, Prague, Pescara, Faro, Budapest and many more.
Ryanair is a perfect example of a low-cost airline, with one cabin and extremely cheap fares. The airline also requires you to pay for carry-on baggage, which is something that most discount airlines actually include as free.
easyJet is the second-largest discount airline in Europe. In flies to many destinations across Europe and has hubs in over 20 of them. Its hub are at London Gatwick, Paris, Porto, Glasgow, Basel/Mulhouse, Venice, Bordeaux, Barcelona and many other destinations.
Southwest Airlines is the most popular discount airline within the US and the largest discount airline in the world. It has a huge fleet of over 700 planes, flies to more than 100 destinations across North and Central America and has over 10 hubs within the US.
One of Southwest's budget features is open seating. Open seating means that no seat is assigned to any one passenger and you can choose any available seat at a first-come-first-serve basis when you board the plane.
The AirAsia Group is the second-largest discount airline in Asia and with all of its subsidiaries, flies to more than 150 destinations across East Asia, Southeast Asia and to parts of Australia.
The Group is made up of seven different discount airlines — AirAsia, AirAsia X, Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, Philippines AirAsia, Thai AirAsia X and AirAsia India.
IndiGo is the largest discount airline in Asia, however, it primarily offers flights to/from India, rather than between destinations all across the continent. The airline flies to more than 80 destinations and has seven hubs within the country.
International destinations that it flies to include Dhaka, Hong Kong, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Jeddah, Dubai, Hanoi and more.
JetSMART is the second-largest discount airline in South America, after Brazillian carrier GOL. However, unlike GOL, JetSMART focuses on flights between several destinations within South America, rather than just to/from Brazil.
JetSMART has two bases in Chile, as well as a base in Argentina with its subsidiary JetSMART Argentina.
Air Arabia is a Middle Eastern discount airline that also flies in North Africa and the Middle East through its subsidiaries Air Arabia Maroc, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi and Air Arabia Egypt. Altogether, the airline flies to more than 200 destinations.