The world's cheapest airlines: how does SA compare?

18 May 2018 - 09:58 By AFP Relaxnews
It'll cost you an average of R0.75/km to travel on the world's cheapest airline, Tigerair Australia, according to a new report.
It'll cost you an average of R0.75/km to travel on the world's cheapest airline, Tigerair Australia, according to a new report.
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Australia's budget carrier Tigerair tops a new list of the world's cheapest airlines, one that's dominated by carriers from Asia and the Middle East. 

Number crunchers over at Rome2Rio, a transportation and travel search engine, compiled a data-based ranking that averages the price per kilometer of traveling on airlines around the world. 

At less than a rand a kilometer - $0.06 (R0.75) - Tigerair emerged the most affordable airline overall, followed by Malaysia's AirAsia X and Indonesia AirAsia. 

For the report, analysts looked at economy-class fares displayed on their site over January and February of this year, totaling 1.5 million price points. 

Authors attribute Tigerair's bargain-basement prices to the large distances covered by the budget airline. 

They also note that the type of aircraft, routes flown, local salary and fuel costs, ancillary revenue and airport landing fees, all play significant roles in determining the cost per kilometer.  

No airlines from South Africa made it into the top 50 list.

Of the four local carriers included in the report, Mango and Safair tied for the title of SA's cheapest option with passengers paying an of $0.13/km (R1.63). Comair was marginally more expensive at $0.14/km (R1.75), and South African Airways over double the price at $0.30/km (R3.76).

Rome2Rio's list of the 10 cheapest airlines in the world: 

  1. Tigerair 
  2. AirAsia X
  3. Indonesia AirAsia 
  4. Jetstar 
  5. Etihad 
  6. Citilink Indonesia 
  7. WOW Air 
  8. Oman Air 
  9. Lion Mentari Airlines 
  10. Ryanair 

Additional reporting by staff reporter.


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