Infographic – Meet the Low-Cost Airlines of the World

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of all low-cost carriers, but a rundown of the LCCs we had on our Airline Hub as of 22 October 2018. Information presented in this infographic may have changed after the time of publishing. Our hub is ever-expanding, so head to to see if your airline is on the list!

No-frills. Budget. Discount. When you combine any of these words with flights, you end up with low-cost carriers – and more money to spend on your travels.

We rounded up 49 low-cost airlines with information about their fleet sizes, destinations and technology, all in one handy infographic.

These 49 airlines come from 31 countries and 6 continents. Altogether, they operate 4174 aircraft.

Low-Cost Airlines

Air Asia

AirAsia has the second-highest aircraft orders globally, with 390 backorders as of April 2018. This number represents 454% growth when compared to its existing fleet of 86 aircraft.


EasyJet rounded up the top 10 airlines for total ancillary revenue in 2017, with US$1.3 billion coming from ancillaries.


Flydubai leads the backorders for the Middle East, with 245 unfilled aircraft orders as of April 2018.

HK Express

HK Express was originally known as Hong Kong Express, before pivoting to a low-cost business model in 2013.


With a total of 398 backorders, IndiGo ranked #1 for the highest aircraft orders as of April 2018. This will help tackle India's fast domestic passenger growth.


JetSmart showed a planned fleet growth of 1400%, based on 5 aircraft and 70 backorders as of April 2018.

Norwegian Air

By the end of 2018, Norwegian will have 164 Boeing aircraft, with plans to increase its fleet to 212 by the end of 2020.


Ryanair's incredible load factor of 96% for April-September 2017 can be attributed to its super low airfares. It gained on revenue with a 12% growth in ancillary sales.

Spirit Airlines

Ancillary revenue made up 46.6% of Spirit's total revenue, with US$50.97 of ancillaries per passenger in 2017.

Viva Aerobus

In the first half of 2018, Viva Aerobus reported a 35% increase in its total operating revenue compared to the same period in 2017.


During August 2018, Volaris increased total capacity by 14.7% year over year and transported a total of 1.5 million passengers during the month.

WOW air

WOW air was the #2 airline for ancillary revenue per passenger in 2017. It earned US$48.87 per passenger, with 65.5% of this amount ($31.75) coming from baggage fees.

Want to discover more airlines of the world? Check out the Yieldr Airline Hub! It's still a growing site and we're adding more airlines, but feel free to contact us if you notice something we should update or if there are airlines we should add.

Jodi ten Bohmer

Jodi ten Bohmer

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