7 JULY 2014
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When it comes to the battle of the low-cost airlines Ryanair likes to make out it is the cheapest. Passengers tumbled that one many years back. What Ryanair does have is a portfolio of lesser (and cheaper) airports.
The Dublin-based airline has been famous for its hidden fees. Recent research made by the flight search engine WhichAirline.com shows that these make a big impact on the final bill. In fact, when all costs are counted, there are five other carriers that come out cheaper in Europe (in cost order): Pegasus Airlines, Air Lituanica, Vueling, germanwings and Wizz Air.
In the research the Czech flight comparison site made two lists to compare the cheapest airlines, the first based on average basic prices of tickets (without fees) and second on the prices of tickets including checked baggage fee for a 20kg bag.
Ryanair was second when comparing the basic fare without fees.
The research shows that when the total fare is counted, the cheapest carrier is Pegasus Airlines with a total average price of €64.64, followed by Air Lituanica (€81.36) and Vueling (€97.24). Ryanair is 6th at €100.67. Only four out of 34 European low-cost airlines came out with an average fare including fees under €100. www.whichairline.com
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