Aviation

This Aussie carrier was just named the world’s cheapest airline

Forget all other budget airlines, we’ve got the cheapest!

Comparing flight prices has never been so hard. From basic economy to premium economy to the plethora of fees, some budget airlines may seem cheaper than others – until you get to the final price. Then start all over once you realise it’s not actually the cheapest (and best) you can find.

Luckily, us Aussies have the cheapest airline in the world!

According to a global flight price report by Rome2Rio Labs, Tigerair is the cheapest in the world. So next time you complain about the flight prices to Melbourne on a long weekend, think twice – because we actually have it cheaper than any other country.

The data science team over at Rome2Rio Labs took a closer look at economy-class airfares over a two month period, and eventually figured out different airlines respective pricing in US dollars per kilometre.

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Tigerair Australia came in at the lowest-costing carrier at only US$0.06 per km.

After being voted Australia’s worst airline three years in a row, the airline was bought by Virgin Australia in 2014 – and is now rising through the ranks.

AirAsia X wasn’t far below Tigerair, costing just US$0.07 per km.

And on the other end of the spectrum, Thomas Cook was the 50th cheapest airline, at US$0.14 per km – over double the price of Tigerair.

Scoot is no longer one of the cheapest airlines, and went from the number one spot in the 2016 report to number 31 in this year’s report.

Chile was the country with the cheapest average airline prices, while Nepal had the most expensive average prices. Nepal’s Yeti Airlines and Buddha Air Ltd cost US$1.08 and US$1.18 respectively.

In Australia, Jetstar was a close second to the Tigerair prices, whilst Regional Express came in at the most expensive airline for domestic flights.

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