The Ultimate List of Budget Airlines you Need to know

Budget Airlines around the world

If you want to optimize your budget, saving costs through the airfare is the best way. We sometimes like to buy the cheapest flights, sacrifice leg space and comfort, to be able to save that cash on a luxury hotel!

If you’re a student, well then this is no doubt THE bible you need to print out or bookmark to make sure to stretch your dollars to the max whilst traveling the world. In the years we’ve been traveling, we made it our mission to find the cheapest possible flights to destinations, whether it takes us hours or days to dig out the amazing deal.

If you want to know the best ways to book cheap flights, you have to check out our article about How to Find the Cheapest Flights.

In the meanwhile, let us list you the budget airlines you must know depending on which continent/country you are at. This will help you guys pin point what are the available budget airlines in your home country or in the region you will be travelling to.

Middle East

If you are an expat of Dubai like us, this is THE list you need to know of the top budget airlines in the Middle East! Our favourite must be FlyDubai which gives us the opportunity to visit so many countries we would’ve never thought of booking for! Also, FlyDubai fly to amazing locations like the Maldives at a super affordable price, who would’ve thought?

United Arab Emirates: FlyDubai, Air Arabia
Oman: SalamAir
Kuwait: Jazeera Airways
Saudi Arabia: Nas Air
Turkey: Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress

AdventureFaktory FlyDubai
Heading to the Maldives with FlyDubai!


Travelling to Africa can be surprisingly expensive. We haven’t seen much of it yet other than Kenya, Tanzania and Egypt. Note these budget airlines of the region and do tell us if we have missed any!

Algeria: Air Algerie
Angola: TAAG
Botswana: Air Botswana
Egypt: Air Arabia Egypt
Ghana: Antrak Air
Namibia: Air Namibia
South Africa​: ​Mango, Kulula
Tanzania: ​Fastjet
Tunisia: ​NouvelAir


We had the opportunity to live in Asia for more than 4 years. We will certainly go back as it is an amazing place to be able to travel often and at a budget. This is the reason why we are so well travelled and have seen over 90% of Asia: their budget airlines! They have just incredible prices at less than 100$US for a round-trip if you are smart in your flight booking skills! Here are all of the low cost airlines you can find in Asia and of course, our go-to and favorite one is AirAsia! Also, did you know Scoot flies from Singapore to Australia? It’s CHEAP as CHIPS!


No wonder why most Europeans are quite well-traveled! First all the countries are so dense and close to each other and then there is certainly no shortage of budget airlines in Europe, with almost every country having at least one! Can you believe that flying in Europe is cheaper than taking the bus or train sometimes? We have a little preference for Wizz Air that flies from Dubai, letting us the opportunity to go to Europe for quite cheap! Also not to mention for our North Americans, WOW Air from Iceland is pretty nuts, so get your backpack ready because that country is AMAZING! Tell us if we are missing one.

 Czech Republic: SmartWings
 France: France
Germany: Germanwings
Hungary: Wizz Air
 Iceland: WOW air
 Ireland: Ryanair
Italy: Air OneBlue Panorama Airlines
Norway: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Romania: Blue Air
Spain: VoloteaVueling
United Kingdom:

North & Central America

Oh I feel you fellow friends back in America. Travel isn’t easy for you, but it is certainly not impossible! There are plenty of ways to find affordable airfare in North America, but of course it is rarely as inexpensive as in Asia or Europe.

Canada: Air TransatSunwingWestJet
InterjetVivaAerobus, Volaris
USA: AirTran AirwaysAllegiant AirFrontier AirlinesJetBlueSouthwest AirlinesSpirit AirlinesSun Country AirlinesVirgin America (Closing soon though)
Antigua & Barbuda Liat Airlines


With everything so far from each other, there is no surprise that there are few budget airlines located in Australia and New Zealand. There are ways to save, but it is certainly not a cheap flight!

 Australia: Jetstar AirwaysRexTigerair AustraliaVirgin Blue
New Zealand: Air2ThereAir New Zealand

South America

South America can be tough to get around, so if you’re planning on a big trip through the continent, you’ll probably find yourself flying between destinations a few times. Here are all the low-cost carriers operating in South America.

Bolivia: Amaszonas, Ocean Air, Voe Gol
Azul Brazilian AirlinesGol Transportes Aéreos
Chile: PAL AirlinesSky Airline
 Colombia: EasyFlyVivaColombia
Ecuador: TAME
Paraguay: TAM Linha Aereas
Peru: Peruvian AirlinesStar Perú

That’s it! Hope we didn’t forget too many and if we did, please share with us the airlines! New budget airlines pop out all the time, so do keep us in the loop. Hope this list will help you, because we thought it WILL definitely help you as many of them do not appear in search results of SkyScanner and its likes.

  • Do you often fly with budget airlines? What are your go to ones?
  • Read more about how to book your flights and hotels at a better price!
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