Your Guide to Budget Airlines Around the World

A Huge List of Every Budget Airline in the World

Sunset in Saigon at airport

Lauren Juliff

If you're a student or budget traveler, you'll no doubt end up taking your fair share of budget airlines as you travel around the world. One of the best ways to find cheap flights is via your country's low-cost airlines. Usually, a simple search on Skyscanner or Adioso will browse will bring up the cheapest flights to your destination, and these sites are especially helpful because you can browse by country instead of the city, and spread your proposed travel dates over a month to see when the cheapest days to fly are.

Another great site for finding affordable airfare is Secret Flying. This website shares the cheapest deals from your region of the world, and updates multiple times a day. All you need to do is keep your eye on Secret Flying and keep your travel dates open.

Are There Any Alternatives?

Sometimes, no matter where you look on the internet, you just can't find the flight you want for the price you need. In this situation, the best thing to do is to start looking at budget airlines that may not be included in airfare aggregators like Skyscanner.

Refer to the following list if you're looking to find cheap flights and want to see the low-cost airline options for either your destination or arrival city. 


Below you can find our top recommendations for budget airlines in Africa -- a place where travel is surprisingly expensive:


  • Air Algerie


  • TAAG


  • Air Botswana


  • Air Arabia Egypt


  • Antrak Air


  • ​Fly 540


  • Libyan Airlines


  • Malawian Airlines


  • ​Royal Air Maroc


  • LAM Mozambique


  • Air Namibia

South Africa​

  • ​Mango
  • Kulula


  • ​Fastjet


  • ​NouvelAir


Here are all of the low-cost airlines you can find in Asia (Air Asia is our absolute favorite!).


  • Golden Myanmar Airlines


  • Spring Airlines

Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Express


  • GoAir
  • IndiGo
  • SpiceJet
  • Jet Konnect
  • Air India Express
  • AirAsia India


  • Lion Air
  • Citilink
  • Indonesia AirAsia
  • Tigerair Mandala


  • Air Do
  • Jetstar Japan
  • Peach
  • Skymark Airlines
  • Solaseed Air
  • StarFlyer
  • Vanilla Air

 Republic of Korea

  • AirAsia Korea 
  • Eastar Jet
  • Jeju Air
  • Jin Air


  • Lao Airlines


  • AirAsia
  • Firefly
  • Malindo Air


  • AirAsia Zest
  • Cebu Pacific
  • PAL Express
  • Tigerair Philippines


  • Jetstar Asia Airways
  • Tigerair
  • Scoot

 Sri Lanka

  • Mihin Lanka


  • Thai AirAsia
  • Thai Lion Air
  • Nok Air
  • Orient Thai Airlines
  • City Airways
  • Solar Air


  • VietJet Air


  • Pakistan International Airlines


There is no shortage of budget airlines in Europe, with practically every country having one or more. In most cases, flying in Europe is cheaper than taking the bus or train! Here's a comprehensive list of all the low-cost carriers in the region:

 Czech Republic

  • SmartWings


  • France


  • Germanwings


  • Wizz Air


  • WOW air


  • Ryanair


  • Air One
  • Blue Panorama Airlines


  • Norwegian Air Shuttle


  • Blue Air


  • Volotea
  • Vueling

 United Kingdom

  • easyJet
  • Flybe

Middle East

Here are all of the top budget airlines in the Middle East:


  • Jazeera Airways

 Saudi Arabia

  • Nas Air


  • Pegasus Airlines
  • SunExpress

 United Arab Emirates

  • Air Arabia
  • flydubai

North America

Now, a list of all the budget airlines in North America. There are plenty of ways to find affordable airfare in North America, but it's rarely as inexpensive as you'll find in Europe. 


  • Air Transat
  • Sunwing
  • WestJet


  • Interjet
  • VivaAerobus
  • Volaris

 United States

  • AirTran Airways
  • Allegiant Air
  • Frontier Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • Virgin America


Oceania has a few budget airlines located in Australia and New Zealand, but if you're looking to travel to the South Pacific, you can expect to spend an awful lot on airfare.


  • Jetstar Airways
  • Rex
  • Tigerair Australia
  • Virgin Blue

New Zealand

  • Air2There
  • Air New Zealand

Central America & The Caribbean

Here are the budget airlines in Central America and the Caribbean.

Antigua & Barbuda

  • Liat Airlines

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.


  • Amaszonas
  • Ocean Air
  • Voe Gol


  • Azul Brazilian Airlines
  • Gol Transportes Aéreos


  • PAL Airlines
  • Sky Airline


  • EasyFly
  • VivaColombia


  • TAME


  • TAM Linha Aereas


  • Peruvian Airlines
  • Star Perú