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Discount Airline Directory

12/19/2007

Most budget airlines are not listed in travel agent search systems, nor online sites like Travelocity. Kayak includes a few more than the other sites, but most still do not appear in search engines.

Much of this has to do with politics and economics.  Sabre which is the search engine travel agents use, and the primary source for most online search sites, is controlled by the non discount airlines. To book on most discount airlines, you have to know about them, where they fly, and search them one by one.

Discount versus Charter

I have separated discount versus charter airlines. I define a discount airline as an airline that flies regular schedules, versus a charter which flies different places each week and usually has a very limited number of planes. Charter airlines often have less than 5 planes, while discount airlines often have a dozen or more.

Have More?

If you have more airlines to list, please comment and I will add them. The initial European focus is not intentional, it's just a fact that I travel in Europe more than anywhere else.

Airlines

CountryNameTypeNotes


Europe




BelgiumBrussels Airlines

Formerly Virgin Express

CyprusEuroCypriaCharterSubsidiary of Cyprus Airways


KTHYDiscountOnly flies to and from Turkey, or to UK and Germany with stop over in Turkey. Flies from North Cyprus and special travel restrictions may apply.

FinlandBlue1DiscountPersistently unfriendly staff, but safe and cheap. Food is not included even on long flights, and is sold at high prices. Even a simple cup of tea (which they only fill half full) costs 2 euros! Bring a lunch!

FranceVuelingDiscountSpanish airline, but also has a hub in Paris.

GermanyLTUCharter


German Wings
Discount


Air Berlin
Discount


CondorCharterSubsidiary of Lufthansa


TUICharter

GreeceAegeanDiscountExcellent service.

UKRyan Air
Discount


EasyJetDiscount


Thomas Cook
Charter

NetherlandsTransaviaDiscountPart of KLM group.

RussiaRossiyaDiscount

Hub in St Petersburg.Formerly Pulkovo.

Can be a bit tricky if you do not speak Russian, but a decent airline none the less.



S7Discount


SkyExpressDiscount


UTAirDiscount

SpainVuelingDiscount


ClickAirDiscount

SwitzerlandHelveticDiscount



USA




Jet BlueDiscount


AirTran
Discount


SouthwestDiscount


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