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Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Which is the cheapest airline in Europe?



While Ryanair might boast about its low fares, it turns out it's not the cheapest airline in the world, it's not even the cheapest in Europe.


In fact, when you look at the total fare, including the cost of checking in a bag, it limps home in only sixth place in Europe, after Turkey-based Pegasus Airlines, Air Lituanica, IAG-owned Vueling, Germanwings and Wizz Air.


Even when you look at the seat-only prices, Ryanair was still, on average, more expensive than Pegasus.


The research, by WhichAirline, found the cheapest airlines in the world were in Asia, with Malaysian Airlines-owned Firefly coming top with an average fare of €30.49, including one checked bag.


List of European airlines by basic average price per route



Airline


Average price per route


Pegasus Airlines


€64.64


Ryanair


€65.67


Wizz Air


€70.62


Volotea


€81.27


Air Lituanica


€81.36


Vueling


€82.24


Air One


€85.74


germanwings


€86.49


Blue Air


€86.66


easyJet


€87.44


flybe


€88.08


airBaltic


€97.61


Norwegian Air Shuttle


€104.02


Eurolot


€111.35


Aer Lingus


€114.63


transavia


€115.23


Meridiana


€117.58


Air Iceland


€118.43


SunExpress


€119.83


Aegean Airlines


€121.57


Monarch Airlines


€122.95


Thomas Cook Belgium


€131.66


Jet2


€132.67


InterSky


€136.68


HOP!


€141.98


Germania


€159.98


Jetairfly


€163.82


TUIfly


€170.39


Fly Thomas Cook


€173.59


Corendon


€178.91


WOW air


€179.98


Smart Wings


€185.54


Air Berlin


€188.39


Condor


€210.63


List of European airlines by average price per route incl. 20kg baggage


Airline


Average price per route incl. 20kg bag


Pegasus Airlines


€64.64


Air Lituanica


€81.36


Vueling


€97.24


germanwings


€98.99


Wizz Air


€100.62


Ryanair


€100.67


Air One


€105.74


Volotea


€106.27


easyJet


€107.44


flybe


€110.08


Blue Air


€111.66


Norwegian Air Shuttle


€116.02


Meridiana


€117.58


Air Iceland


€118.43


SunExpress


€119.83


airBaltic


€122.60


Thomas Cook Belgium


€131.66


transavia


€135.23


InterSky


€136.68


Aer Lingus


€139.63


Eurolot


€141.35


Aegean Airlines


€141.57


Jet2


€144.67


Monarch Airlines


€144.95


HOP!


€156.98


Germania


€159.98


Jetairfly


€168.82


TUIfly


€170.39


Fly Thomas Cook


€173.59


Corendon


€178.91


WOW air


€197.98


Air Berlin


€203.39


Condor


€210.63


 

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  • Nothing worse that incorrect usage of statistics

    Surely once again this study by Which Airline is completely flawed as it is comparing apples and pears. Looking at the above, Condor (bottom of the list) largely fly to Long and Medium haul destinations so of course their prices will be higher while Pegasus Airlines at the top are almost exclusively short haul. Surely if an article like this is going to be printed, the least that could be done is some work to actually compare like for like information across each airline.

    By Matt Lovell, Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • Proof at last

    I've said for ages that Ryanair is rarely the cheapest once all the extras are taken into account. The passenger is only interested in the bottom line not all the hype about the lowest basic fare which is often irrelevant. On the plus side, their new site is an improvement.

    By Keith Standen, Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • you totally missed the point

    cheapest is not the average cost stupid !!!!

    By Michael Anderson, Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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