What is a low-cost carrier?

For some business travelers, price is the most important factor. Low-cost carriers – also known as “budget airlines” or “discount airlines” – offer a great price but are limited in what services they offer. 

Consider this when booking your next low-cost trip: Do you prefer a cheap flight, or a more comfortable one?

  • Luggage: Some budget airlines charge an extra fee for carry-on luggage.
  • Meals: All food and beverages – including water – are an extra cost.
  • Amenities: Airport check-in, priority boarding, and seat selection are an extra cost.
  • Lounges: You won’t find an airport lounge for a low-cost carrier. 

Here are some common low-cost carriers:

  • Aereo Calafia
  • Aer Lingus
  • Air Arabia
  • Air Arabia Maroc
  • Aurigny
  • Cebu Pacific
  • Corendon Airlines
  • Corendon Airlines
  • DAT
  • EasyJet
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Eurowings
  • Jet2.com
  • Jetstar
  • Peach
  • REX airlines
  • Ryanair
  • Scoot
  • Sky Express
  • Sound Air
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sunexpress
  • Transavia
  • TUI fly
  • Vietjet
  • Virgin Australia
  • Viva Aerobus
  • Volaris
  • Volotea
  • Vueling