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AirlineRatings was launched in June 2013 and rates the safety, in-flight product, and COVID-19 compliance of 385 airlines using its unique seven-star rating system. It has been used by millions of passengers from 195 countries and has become the industry standard for safety, product, and COVID-19 rating.
Low-cost carriers (LCCs) have allowed millions of people to travel for the first time or to take trips they would otherwise be unable to afford.
The AirlineRatings top 10 safest low-cost airlines for 2022 are, in alphabetical order; Allegiant, Easyjet, Frontier, Jetstar Group, Jetblue, Ryanair, Vietjet, Volaris, Westjet, and Wizz.
A low-cost carrier (also known as a no-frills, discount or budget airline) is an airline that offers generally low fares in exchange for eliminating many traditional passenger services. Not surprisingly, many travelers are skeptical about some of these budget airlines, associating rock bottom prices to poor service or safety issues.
However, most of these airline offer a decent product and adhere to the strictest standards. In most cases, they are able to offer lower prices by operating a single aircraft type which minimizes staff training and maintenance costs.
To make up for revenue lost in decreased ticket prices, these airlines may charge extra fees for “extras” like baggage, assigned seats, and meals. In the last decades, budget airlines have grown vastly across the world, often becoming larger than the legacy carriers that once dwarfed them in size.
In recent decades, budget air travel has grown exponentially, as airlines across the world have developed more and more routes and methods to make airfare affordable for even the most thrifty traveler.
How do they do it? First off these companies cut costs on their own end. Most budget carriers use a single type of aircraft so that in-flight and service crew only needs to be trained for one model. This also keeps maintenance cheaper.
On the flights themselves, many of the features are trimmed in order to keep things cheaper. For instance, on Ryanair, seats do not recline or have back pockets, and most carriers are more restrictive about baggage allowed and require a la carte payment for in-flight food and drinks - if these are provided. These operators rely on quick clean-up and turnaround after each flight, to maximize the number of flights in order to make up for the low ticket price. One thing you’ll definitely have to remember is to read the fine print. Often there are hidden costs for things that are included on regular airlines - such as checked baggage - and these can offset the savings of a budget ticket.
What does this all mean?
Basically, you’re giving up some of the comforts of traditional airlines in exchange for prices that make air travel more accessible than ever. This has changed the concept of flying for countless people, who no longer see it as a luxury, but rather, as something you can do on a whim the next time you have a 3-day weekend.
A study realized by the CAPA shows the tendency since COVID-19 started with low-cost carriers having a higher number of passenger jets in service than legacy carriers, especially during the summertime where traveling rules were more flexible. Thus, even with the third wave at its highest moment, we can see that low-cost airlines have a slightly higher percentage of the fleet in service during February than full-legacy carriers for the European region.
Additionally, some post-pandemic factors might shift the air travel consumption to the low-cost models. According to a survey performed by Global Data with more than 5,500 participants, more than 87% of travelers are concerned with their finances, and therefore, it is more likely low-cost carriers can meet these needs.
Therefore, passengers willing to travel should know which are the best low-cost airlines to consider retaking their leisure trips, according to the Luxury Travel Expert.
Allegiant Air is a US low-cost airline that flies numerous domestic routes across the country. The airline is known for its ultra-low-cost fares and simple service that gets passengers from A to B. Allegiant is one of the major carriers in the US and well-known from state to state.
The airline has several hubs across the US and flies to more than 100 destinations overall. It mainly focuses on flying to leisure destinations. But does strategically fly to secondary cities that aren't served by other US carriers too. Some of Allegiant Air's top destinations include Orlando, Las Vegas, St. Petersburg, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Punta Gorda, Cincinnati, Myrtle Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Bellingham.
Allegiant launched in 1997. It was originally named WestJet Express but rebranded a year after it was established.
The EasyJet orange livery has become a byword for affordability and convenience in recent years, as the company has grown to be the second-largest budget airline, serving destinations in more than 30 countries. The company has used the slogan “making flying as affordable as a pair of jeans,” and that’s not just designer jeans, with flights from Paris to London for less than $40.
And unlike RyanAir, with EasyJet passengers are more likely to fly to the main airport in their destination city, which has helped make the company very popular with business travelers.
EasyJet also operates easyJetHotels, which links customers booking flights to hotels at their destination, helping users quickly book an affordable and convenient travel package online.
Frontier Airlines (F9) is a Denver-based ultra-low-cost carrier. The airline flies to about 65 destinations in the United States, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico. The fleet has a single Economy Class cabin.
However, passengers can upgrade to an Selective Seat, which lies towards the front of the plane, or an Extended Seat, which has extra leg room. Hub Frontier is headquartered at Denver International Airport (DEN). Eight more airports have been designated as key cities. The airline has a codeshare agreement with Great Lakes Airlines.
This Qantas-owned airline gives customers the ability to fly across Australia with ease, and is also a gateway to East Asia and Oceania.
The airline offers a single class service, with buy on board food and drinks on its domestic routes, and offers a business class on international flights. The airline has extensive inflight entertainment for a budget line, including iPads which are loaded with movies and games and given to customers for free to use during international flights, and for a fee on domestic flights.
JetStar also offers an appealing “price beat guarantee”, which allows customers to get tickets for a price that's 10 percent cheaper than a competitor's advertised rate.
Once a favorite among budget travelers, JetBlue has left some unhappy travelers in its contrails in the past year. The Wall Street Journal‘s annual ranking of domestic airlines placed JetBlue dead last in 2021, with the highest rate of extreme delays. It had the second fewest number of on-time arrivals, with only Allegiant Air doing worse. It also took the runner-up position for the number of customer complaints, with only Spirit airlines faring worse.
Many reviewers still rank it highly, however, for food and beverage (those free blue Terra chips are still a customer favorite), in-flight entertainment (free Wi-Fi and seat-back TVs), and seat comfort. Its loyalty program is popular too, thanks to the ability to pool points with friends and family members.
This Irish wonder is much more than just a successful budget airline. The company is so popular with travelers that in 2016 it flew more passengers than any other European airline and more international passengers than any competitor.
How does RyanAir do it? With a fleet of more than 400 Boeing 737s that hit destinations in 32 countries in Europe, as well as Morocco and Israel.
Critics would also say that part of RyanAir’s success is due to a cost-cutting nature that goes beyond no frills flying, creating a passenger experience and customer service level that are below many competitors. That said, the company is taking steps to make the airline more family friendly and has added long-haul routes from Europe to the Americas.
Established in 2007 and officially put into operation 2 years later, Vietjet Air is the 4th airline after Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, VASCO Air Service Company, and became the first private airline. in Viet Nam. The airline's customer service orientation is "Cheap tickets for everyone", so the airline is considered a low-cost airline in Vietnam.
Vietjet Air is an airline with extremely cheap fares for many flights, many different times. The airline often has promotions, the ticket price is 0 dong at golden hours, so customers are interested in it. If you want to save money on travel, Vietjet Air will be your first choice.
The second-largest airline in Mexico, Volaris (Y4) is a low-cost carrier that flies non-stop to about 50 destinations. These include about 35 points within Mexico and about 15 destinations in the United States. The airline's fleet is configured with just Economy Class seating, though passengers can pay more for preferred seating toward the front of the cabin, as well as seats with more legroom. Food and beverages are available for purchase on the plane.
Volaris has hubs at Mexico City's Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX), Guadalajara's Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (GDL), Tijuana's General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport (TIJ) and Monterrey's General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY).
WestJet was founded in the late 90s in order to pull the carpet out from under the major Canadian airlines,but to do so in a well-mannered fashion like you’d expect from our neighbors to the North.
The airline criss-crosses Canada and is the country’s second largest carrier after Air Canada, with 109 destinations in the United States and Canada, as well as long haul flights to Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
For a low-cost airline, WestJet offers extensive in-flight entertainment options like live TV and WiFi and fairly extensive buy-on-board meal services.
Budapest-based Wizz Air (W6) is a low-cost carrier and Hungary's largest airline. It flies non-stop to about 100 smaller or secondary airports in 35 countries. This includes points across Europe, as well as destinations in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Wizz Air's fleet consists entirely of planes with Economy Class seating. Passengers can pay an additional fee for reserved seating and preferred seats, food and beverages while on board, and other amenities.
Are budget airlines good?
If your top priority is saving money, then budget airlines can be a terrific option.
Some of the most common complaints travelers have with budget airlines are last-minute delays or outright cancellations with little to no warning, as well as difficulty getting refunds for unused tickets.
Budget airlines have very trimmed-back flight schedules. If a flight gets canceled, they’re obligated to put you on a new flight, but if that’s not till Monday morning, you’re effectively stranded there until then. In contrast, if a flight on one of the Big Three gets canceled, the airline probably has another flight later the same day.
Perhaps surprising to some travelers is that safety is not a concern for low-cost carriers, at least in the United States. All airlines must adhere to the same federal safety regulations.
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