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World’s leading low-cost airlines revealed

UK-based EasyJet tops rankings which this year also assessed carriers’ responses to the pandemic

Australian aviation safety and product rating agency AirlineRatings.com has unveiled its list of the top-10 low-cost airlines in the world.

The ranking, which is popular with passengers looking for more-affordable flight options, is compiled based on several criteria including the age of the fleet, passenger reviews and product offerings. This year, the rankings also assessed how well airlines responded to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Speaking about the 2021 list, AirlineRatings.com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas said: “Each of these airlines has an excellent safety record and has made a big difference in their market.

“From Southwest Airlines, which started the low-cost revolution in the 1970s, to JetBlue, which redefines the low-cost product, each airline has made a huge contribution to affordable travel.

“In Europe, it’s EasyJet and Ryanair, in Asia Jetstar and Scoot, while in the Americas one can add Frontier, Volaris and WestJet to Southwest and JetBlue. All are standouts.”

While Sharjah’s Air Arabia made its debut in 2020’s list, no UAE airlines made it on to the top-10 list this year. 

Top-10 low-cost airlines, 2021

  1. EasyJet (UK)
  2. Jetstar (Australia)
  3. Frontier (US)
  4. JetBlue (US)
  5. Ryanair (Ireland)
  6. Scoot (Singapore)
  7. Southwest (US)
  8. VietJet Air (Vietnam)
  9. Volaris (Mexico)
  10. WestJet (Canada)

For more information, visit www.airlineratings.com

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