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Lots of reasons! Most of which boil down to prioritizing time and convenience over cost. You need to fly to a city with no direct service. Most LCCs only sell "point to point" and will not cover missed connections, while full-service carriers do. You have an unpredictable schedule and need the ability to change your flights easily. LCCs tend to fly less ...


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Nope. Two different flights means two bookings on Ryanair. Annoying, but true.


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There is one airline, Spirit Airlines, which is trying to copy Ryanair with super cheap tickets and aggressively bad service. They serve a limited number of destinations, though, so they may or may not fly where you're going. There are several airlines in the US which were started as low cost carriers. The biggest are jetBlue and Southwest. However, the ...


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You actually want to be somewhere on time. I had an Air France flight from Budapest to Paris which didn't fly and I told the desk I needed to be in Paris next morning 10am and that's it. They put me on a Lufthansa flight via Munich and I was there on time. Do you think a low cost would this? At best you can rebook for free at worst you get the money the EU ...


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I’ve flown with Air Asia a few times and with other airlines that have hand luggage weight limits. I’ve never had my bag weighed by Air Asia, though I have seen others go through this. It does sometimes happen. My impression is that I’d say it really depends on two factors. 1: How full the plane is. If they are expecting a packed flight then they will be ...


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"Normal" airlines are fairly lax on the baggage requirements. If your checked baggage is a little bit over (say 1 kg or so) or slightly bigger than usual, nobody's going to make a fuss about it. Same goes for hand luggage -- they are almost never going to check its size or weight (although restrictions do exist, 8kg per bag IIRC) if it looks okay. You might ...


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Turns out, it is now possible, thanks to a post I found on Wikivoyage. A sample itinerary, that they provide, beginning in London: London to Barcelona on Vueling Barcelona to Casablanca on Vueling Casablanca to Istanbul on Air Arabia Maroc Istanbul to Dubai on Flydubai Dubai to Kathmandu on Flydubai Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X ...


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As far as I'm aware there are not currently any really low cost airlines in Canada. But there seem to be a few in the pipeline: NewLeaf: It looks like Abbotsford near Vancouver is one of their anticipated destinations, but they are running into a bit of bureaucracy. JetLines: "Canada’s Ultra-Low Fare Airline" currently completed planning and development. ...


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I use trabber.com or skyscanner.com it's not only for low-budget airlines but it finds the cheapest prices (at least here in Europe)


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I've flown China Airlines many times, and I'm still here. They are the cheapest carrier out of Taiwan, but they aren't the worst airlines I've ever been on. Statistically speaking, there is very little chance anything will happen to you on China airlines. That being said, they do have a reputation in Taiwan as being not-the-safest carrier. They lack a lot ...


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In addition to jpatokal's excellent answer, budget airlines sell you a pair of one-way tickets, whereas full-service carriers sell you a return ticket. This means that the budget airline has considerably lower responsibilities to you if things go wrong. When you have a return ticket, the airline has obligations to you from the moment you check in for the ...


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The wikipedia article says: In August 2014, Jet Airways announced that it is discontinuing its low fare arm JetKonnect and JetLite making Jet Airways 3rd full service airline in India besides Air India and Vistara. What grounds do they have to make this claim? It has a frequent flier program, an airport lounge and flies internationally. The long haul ...


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I can relate my recent experience with EasyJet flights between Italy and Scotland. EasyJet allows you to carry ONE piece of luggage on board, the dimensions of which are 56x45x25cm maximum. However, they do not state a maximum weight, provided it is reasonable (which I think means you can carry it without difficulty). The dimensions are verified by asking ...


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I have flown with Ryanair many times (never EasyJet, so I don't know them). Ryanair are very strict with counting the number of hand luggage bags. You can only have 1 and that includes handbags or camera bags. In some airports they are strict with the size aswell, and will request that you put your bag into the little 'size box' thing at the gate before you ...


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Wizz Air The only international low-cost airline flying to Schengen Area from Azerbaijan is Wizz Air: Baku - Budapest (each Monday and Thursday) and Budapest - Baku (each Wednesday and Sunday) flights are available to book for as much as 50 - 80 EUR (one-way). From/to Budapest you can travel to/from dozens of destinations in Europe with Wizz Air. As ...


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Given that they're not on the list of Airlines banned in the European Union, they're safer than many, many airlines, and also meet all safety criteria specified by the EU. That's a pretty strict standard. Also remember, even with a dodgy airline, statistically it's still safer than driving. Would you get in a car? Cool, you'll be fine in the plane too (...


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So apparently momondo.com, unlike other websites, allows you to book budget flights. Glad it helps! note: low cost airlines do not make their flights available for booking in traditional tools so tools like momondo might not work forever, because it is based on web-scraping or such techniques (for example if a low-cost airline changes its website it might ...


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The possible consequences are: No online check-in, except for flights departing Prague airport. Smartwings requires everyone to check-in at the counter, which always causes huge lines No free meal, no free drinks of any kind Less space between the seats The quality of the cabin is worse, with some of the seats broken at times Overall it doesn't really ...


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Low-cost airlines operate on a model called 'point-to-point carrier transit', one implication of which is that every single leg of your journey is a separate one. As Stuart mentions in his answer, some LCCs refer to 'hubs' and in fact many of them (especially Asian ones) do operationally maintain hubs, but that's for their own logistics handling. For ...


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I find adioso.com interesting. I've not booked using it so far but have used it to check costings and flights. It provides rapid and easy access to information that others don't. It has a (somewhat) natural language search engine (or a more conventional one can be used) and provides graphs of prices across date ranges. It highlights the cheapest flight in ...


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There are several lower cost airlines already operating in Canada, but no ULCCs on par with Ryanair. In eastern Canada, where distances are shorter there tends to be more competition, here are the airlines on these routes: Toronto-Montreal: Air Canada, Porter, WestJet, Transat from ca$99 Vancouver-Toronto: Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing (in summer) from ca$...


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Almost all airlines include some checked baggage for free on all longhaul journeys. Certainly both Emirates and Qatar include a baggage allowance. There may be some exceptions with for instance Norwegian or Air Asia (I've never used them). So you cannot “deselect” baggage.


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Ryanair use narrower cages to check the width of your carry-on, and you better be able to shove it in there or it's 35 Euro on the spot. They go through the boarding line looking to see who's bag might be an inch too wide. Also, they do weigh carry-on at some airports, (like Stansted) and many people get nailed, and it's 10 Euro per kilo over. Other budget ...


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I've flown many times with Ryanair and Wizzair from Frankfurt Hahn, and I would say: Ryanair are very strict with the count and the weight of the hand luggage. With the dimensions of the luggage they allow about 4-5cm more Wizzair wasn't so strict "as long as you don't try to bring an elephant onboard", but since August 1, 2012 they have a new ...


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I've flown China Airlines several times -- LAX-Taipei-Jakarta -- and have never encountered any maintenance-related problem (or noticed any lack of training on behalf of the crew). Unlike, say, Indonesian and Iranian carriers, I don't think China Airlines has ever been banned from traveling to European airports.


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AzAL would probably not classify itself as a low cost airline, but offers very good rates to destinations in the region. http://www.azal.az/ There are several low cost airlines that serve the region. But keep in mind that the South Caucasus is quite a distance away from Europe, if that's where you're coming from. Meaning that the cost of flying there will ...


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Skyscanner even shows connections composed of flight segments by several low cost providers. This is a home-brew solution, which they name Multi-part bookings. Though impressive, it is risky: If the first flight is delayed (pictured: Ryanair) then you are not guaranteed to get the connecting flight (pictured: germanwings).


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