Prior to creating my travel blog, I had worked in the hotel and travel industry for about 15 years. During those years, I have seen airline mergers, hotel brands consolidating and the birth of the boutique hotels, I have also seen the transition of paper tickets to electronics tickets, itineraries sent by email and the rising costs of airfares and penalty fees by airlines.
All those years, however I noticed one thing constant. Low cost carriers from different parts of the world emerging out of the woodwork. Some has been around for decades (since the late 1960’s), others emerged in the last decade or so.
Though it is great to be able to buy tickets at a low cost, a lot of these airlines does not offer any other amenities. Some won’t even offer you a bag of snacks and if you’re hungry, you’ll have to purchase the food on board. Wow Air and Ryanair has an in-flight menu. Norwegian Air allows you to buy meals in advance. These are just some of the downside to flying with a low cost airlines.
In my travels, I have flown with some of these low cost carriers. Some are great and I highly recommend, others I would not travel with again. To give you an idea of the low cost carrier that are still out there surviving a very airline industry, here is a short list of the carriers available by continent.
Before you book with any of these carriers, be sure to read information about their amenities, services for any kind of add-on to the ticket price. Most of these are not included in the ticket price. Also some of these airlines would only fly to certain destination on a seasonal basis, so be sure to check their website first before making any booking.
Another caveat to this is that they do not participate in any airline alliance with any of the major carriers. Some of these have their own mileage programs which is independent of any alliance network.
All of these are reason why they are all called low cost carriers. It will not cost you much to travel with them because some of the amenities we are all used to receiving from major carriers are not available. I believes it is good to fly with them for short distance flights. Anywhere that requires longer flights, I would probably go with the big boys of the airline business.