Europe is always a great place for travelers! Every country offers its own unique tourist destinations and local charm. Getting around has never been easier, as more and more countries have a variety of low-cost air carriers to choose from.
Discount air carriers in Europe usually operate on a ticketless system. Pricing may vary, although it’s usually less expensive to fly early in the morning or at night, during the middle of the week and during less busy times like spring and autumn. These airlines are also often “no frills” airlines, so you will probably want to bring any snacks and electronic devices to keep you and your family entertained during the flight. Also, be sure to be at your gate on time, as most of these airlines are very prompt and will not wait for late passengers.
Here are a few more things to remember when using low-cost air carriers:
1. Don’t book your flights more than two weeks in advance. Because the pricing structure can be complicated and can fluctuate frequently, you’re probably better off booking your flight reservations as close as you can to your travel date. You may be able to score a great deal!
2. You are responsible for making your connecting flight. Airlines are responsible for getting you from point A to point B on each flight. They are not to blame if you are late or miss a connecting flight. Pay attention to the schedules and plan your time accordingly. It’s also a good idea to check into a high-speed rail or other transportation alternatives in case a connecting flight is canceled due to weather or other reasons.
With that in mind, here are some of the more popular low cost carriers in Europe today:
Ryanair is Europe’s largest low-cost air carrier. They have over 1,000 destination routes to over 100 European cities. They keep their airfare costs low, but competitive. There are some additional fees for additional baggage, and if you decide to check in at the airport (they recommend printing your tickets from home and checking in online).
Germanair was created by its parent company Lufthansa to be a discount airline whose destination range from Germany to as far away as Italy and Morocco. They offer three distinctly different airfare packages: Basic, Smart, and Best, which offer different levels of comfort and convenience at each price range.
Easyjet is a popular British low-cost air carrier. With destinations like Poland, Germany, Greece, and Budapest among its many destinations, Easyjet offers its passengers a nice variety of vacation options. Easyjet has four hubs in London alone and offers air service in dozens of European nations. They also allow passengers to choose the seat of their choice ahead of time.
Oslo-based Norwegian Air is another popular choice. They not only serve the entire Norwegian continent, but also most European countries and farther locales such as Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. Norwegian Air has been one of Europe’s most popular low-cost air carriers for years.
AirBaltic, based out of Latvia, is well known for its inexpensive flights to Spain, England, and most northern and Eastern European nations. They are not a carrier to overlook when it’s time to plan your next European holiday.
FlyBe is a popular choice for travelers who want to fly to some of the more popular destinations in England, Scotland, France and Spain. Their connections are perfect for summer and winter vacation hot spots!
Turkish carrier Pegasus Airlines has been long praised for its routes to Eastern European and Middle Eastern countries. Their airfares have consistently been some of the lowest in the industry, and their service has also been lauded.
These are just a few of the many low-cost air carrier options in Europe that are available today. Do your homework: research your destinations, and find out what air carriers will be at the cities you plan to visit. Also check their arrival and departure schedules and pricing online. Whatever you decide, you’re sure to have a great time flying with Europe’s low cost air carriers!