The finest and exceptional services with the cheapest and low prices has a high impact on customer satisfaction. Most of the airlines are doing so to keep their customer service excellent. Likewise, Southwest is a domestic carrier with the best cheapest rates. Therefore it is one of the world’s busiest airline and by revenue also. But here we’re talking about the world’s best low-cost air carrier. SkyTrax World Airline Awards has published the list of top 10 affordable airlines so far. The publication or the report is based on the customer reviews and their comfort.

Here are the world’s cheapest airlines with the best client satisfaction: (order by quality of service)

  1. AirAsia
  2. Virgin America
  3. Norwegian
  4. easyJet
  5. Jetstar Airways
  6. AirAsiaX
  7. WestJet
  8. Indigo
  9. Jetstar Asia
  10. Azul Airlines

Best Low-Cost Airlines in the World 2017

#1 AirAsia

AirAsia LogoMalaysian-based AirAsia is continuing to be the world’s low-cost carrier since 2007. The headquarters of AirAsia are located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It has many affiliates which include Air Asia India, Air Asia Japan, Air Asia Philippines, Air Asia Indonesia and Air Asia X. These affiliates are doing a great job for low-cost and reliable services in Asian countries. Its commenced operations were started exactly 20 years before. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the central hub, while Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Penang International Airport, Kuching International Airport, Senai International Airport and Langkawi International Airport are also its hubs. It’s associated property AirAsiaX is the world’s third low-cost carrier for long-haul flights and world’s largest airline for Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin & Seat.

#2 Virgin America

Virgin America LogoAmerican based air transport service, Virgin America is the world’s top 2nd low-cost carrier. It came into being about 12 years before. But the commenced operations were used in 2007. Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport are the major hubs for VRD. It has the fleet of 23 aircraft that covers more than 20 destinations (almost domestic). VRD headquarters are in Burlingame, California. It’s CEO C. David Cush is establishing it more and more to resembles the world’s largest airline.

#3 Norwegian

Norwegian LogoFounded in 1993, operating more than 400 routes in over 130 spots. The destinations may be from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Thailand, the Caribbean and the US. On Mar 22, 2013, it became the first airline in Europe to happen in-flight movie and TV rentals. Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA is the top ninth busiest airline regarding passenger traffic. Norwegian is also the world’s best low-cost airline with long haul flights. It hits long-haul flights to Asia and the United States by an entirely dominated subsidiary Norwegian Long Haul AS which serves an all-Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. Norwegian Long Haul is registered in Norway and is run from its headquarter at Fornebu. Norwegian Long Haul does not perform any tracks itself, but alternatively, its range is used to run the routes of parent company Norwegian Air Shuttle (IATA: DY) to Asia and North America.

#4 easyJet

British low-cost carrier located in London Luton Airport. easyJet is serving more than 820 destinations in 30+ countries. It was founded in the year 1995 by Greek Cypriot businessman possessing only two wet leased Boeing 737-200 aircraft with two routes only (Glasgow and Edinburg). Now it has the fleet size of 234 aircraft of which 133 are Airbus A319-100s and 101 Airbus A320-200. Its chairman John Barton is also the CEO of Next plc. However, he is also the non-executive director of SSP Group.

#5 Jetstar Airways

Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd, an Australian cheapest airline, working since 2003. It is an airline service made by world’s safest airline group Qantas as a domestic subsidiary. Melbourne Airport is the central hub for Jetstar. It has its sister carriers like Jetstar Asia Airways, Jetstar Pacific Airlines, and Jetstar Japan. Australia’s No. 1 Low Fares Airline clearly shows that the corporation is fully initializing its performances for giving cheap rates. It has the fleet size of 70 aircraft serving 37 destinations. Jayne Hrdlicka was appointed as CEO of Jetstar Airways in July 2012.

#6 AirAsiaX

The world’s third cheapest airline with long haul flights is AsiaAsia X. It is the sister company of AirAsia exclusively. The Asia’s low-cost carrier flies to more than 20 destinations with the fleet size of 31 aircraft. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the main supporting hub of this airline. The airline also declared that Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group would take a 20% part in the air to better kick-start its long-haul services and to fund its aircraft investments. Branson also determines a great opportunity of future, regular links within Virgin Blue and AirAsia X, containing codeshare agreements and Loyalty programs.

#7 WestJet

As the name symbolizes, WestJet is a Canadian carrier thrill most of the country’s airlines due to its feature of low-fares. It has the fleet size of more than 110 aircraft excluding the airplanes of its regional subsidiary WestJet Encore. It flies to 100 destinations in 20 countries. In July 2008 WestJet stated it had approved a notice of the contract to build a distribution and codeshare agreement with U.S. based Southwest Airlines. Nevertheless, in April 2010 WestJet proclaimed that the airline alliance with Southwest Airlines was dismissed and in October 2010, WestJet associated with American Airlines rather.

#8 IndiGo

The largest Indian airline probably taking most of the passengers, IndiGo. It’s also the second-largest low-cost carrier in Asia. It is operating since 2006, by Rahul Bhatia of InterGlobe Enterprises and Rakesh Gangwal. It has the fleet size of 119 aircraft covers 41 destinations (mostly domestic). Some of the achievements:

  • Best low-cost carrier
    — by the Airline Passengers Association of India (2007)
    — at the Galileo Express Travel Awards (2008)
    — by CNBC Awaaz (2009, 2013)
    — in C Asia/ India by SKYTRAX (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Best LCC Aviation award for excellence by Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (2015)

#9 Jetstar Asia

Jetstar Asia is the subsidiary of previous mentioned Jetstar, one of the cheapest airline operating in Singapore. Singapore Changi Airport is the main hub, has a fleet size of 18 aircraft to 27 destinations. Mr. Barathan (Bara) Pasupathi, a businessman, and CEO of this sister carrier.

#10 Azul Airlines

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S/A, is a Brazilian low-cost airline ranking as the 10th most cheap air carrier worldwide. The third largest airline in Brazil, is serving the aviation industry since 2008. However, most of the passengers are domestic but it also gives low-fares for foreign routes.

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