Low-cost and traditional airlines

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  • Flights up to 50% off

Where do low-cost airlines fly to?

Budget airlines are for people who don’t want to spend a lot on travel, and would prefer to use the money they save buying low-cost tickets for other things.

  • Low cost airlines mainly handle short and medium hauls. It is rarely that an air connection realised by such a carried exceeds the territory of our continent. However, the network of connections within New Zealand is quite well developed. You can easily travel between all airports. It often happens that during a stop-over, the passengers transit to the aircraft of another carrier. It’s a quite common phenomenon, and thanks to the cooperation of different airlines, their offer is even larger.

  • Airlines offering cheap flights are enterprises which seek profit, which is why they take care of the profitability of their connections. They seek to cut corners not only in the least possible weight of carried baggage but also slightly inferior conditions inside the plane. Often times, they try to reduce the airport charges. This may be the case for connections with cities which are served by a few airports. We can be almost sure that such a flight will end at an airport most distant from the city, which is the destination of our travel.

  • The greatest air traffic can be observed on routes to seaside resorts and the most popular tourist cities. Of course, the largest number of flights takes place during the holiday period. Low cost airlines will often offer flights on such routes, because it is easy for them to fill the aircraft. Unfortunately, outside the season a large proportion of the flights may be suspended. The cause is usually that low cost airlines are very careful with the profitability of flights, and a plane that is not full does not bring profit. It is worth considering this if you want to visit Paris or Barcelona outside the season.

Airlines ranking

  Airline Ticket prices Comfort Punctuality Staff Overall rating No. of reviews
1. Air New Zealand Air New Zealand (NZ) 3.5 3.8 4.8 5 4.3 5
2. Air Chathams Air Chathams (3C) - - - - 0 0
3. Jetstar Airways Jetstar Airways (JQ) 3.3 3.3 3.8 3.3 3.3 36
4. Qantas Qantas (QF) 3.7 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.3 29
5. Virgin Australia Virgin Australia (VA) 4 4.2 4.4 4.6 4.3 20
6. Ryanair Ryanair (FR) 3.9 3.6 4 4.2 3.8 18027
7. Wizz Air Wizz Air (W6) 3.9 3.8 4.1 4.4 4 8997
8. American Airlines American Airlines (AA) 3.8 3.8 4.1 4.2 3.9 250
9. Finnair Finnair (AY) 3.6 4 4.4 4.6 4.1 123
10. United Airlines United Airlines (UA) 3.7 3.6 3.9 4.1 3.7 369

Which airlines are the cheapest?

When analysing the cost of airplane tickets, you should think about more than just the price of the fare.

  • Like every enterprise, low cost airlines also conduct a policy which is to guarantee the highest profit possible. Hence, it is no wonder that in addition to carrying the passenger on a given route, every service is additionally paid. Priority boarding or a seat next to the slightly more spacious escape routes are paid extra. Quite another thing is the on-board buffet. Although flights within New Zealand cities are not longer than a few hours, it would be unrealistic to count on a meal included in the ticket price and if needed, you will have to reach for your wallet.

  • The distance of the airport to the city centre is another thing that should be taken into account when deciding on the purchase of cheap air tickets. If your hotel or another place of night’s lodging is close to the city centre, you have to add the cost of transfer from the airport. The cheapest airports, namely those chosen by low cost carriers, are located several dozen kilometres from the destination city. It costs about several tens of euro at best to cover this route by bus or by train. You should also include the time you must spend on such a journey in the costs.

  • Other additional costs are also hold baggage. Keep in mind that low cost air tickets do not include an extra unit of baggage. As part of the ticket you may take on board a suitcase of defined dimensions and possibly a bag or sachet with documents. Every other extra suitcase raises the cost of your journey. This is why it is worthwhile to remember that you shouldn’t bring any unnecessary items. You can buy cosmetics or other small items on the spot, which may turn out to be less costly than additional fees.

Airline sales

Ticket prices change frequently. This is your chance to hunt for the cheapest flight tickets.

  • When regularly tracking the price of a particular connection, you can buy the ticket even a dozen or so percent cheaper. There are many factors which influence the prices of air tickets and not all of them are obvious. A lot depends from the costs borne by the carrier himself. The price of fuel, or a decrease in the airport charge may impact the cost of air tickets. The dependence on the price on demand known from economy is also important. If a flight on a given route raises little interest, there is a chance that the carrier might organise a discount for air tickets to fill the plane.

  • Low cost airlines may encourage us with organised discounts upon the opening of a particular connection. Wanting to earn the trust and loyal customers for a new connection, the carrier is able to significantly lower the price of air tickets. But it is worth keeping abreast of what is happening, because such tickets sell out at a dizzying pace. It sometimes happens that the carrier chooses a particular day and offers cheaper tickets on selected routes once a week. For some time now, it is worth browsing the offers of LOT on Wednesdays.

  • Tracking air tickets in anticipation of a discount only makes sense a few weeks before the flight. Then the discounts appear quite often. Later there is not much chance of lower prices because airlines do not organise last-minute sales. If you hold off too long with the purchase and do not make the decision in time, you will be forced to pay more for the flight.

Low-cost airlines in New Zealand

  • There is probably no more convenient and faster means of transport to cover long distances than a plane. Thanks to the development of low cost airlines, it is no longer a form of transport reserved for more prosperous. Low cost airlines operate on the most popular routes. In New Zealand, there are flights with such carriers at every airport.

  • However, none of the known and important airlines originate from there. This, however, does not prevent in the realisation of connections, and even between two native cities. The New Zealand on-board staff and service at the airport make the passengers forget what country the aircraft owner lives in.

  • The most popular airlines operating in New Zealand are Air New Zealand and Qantas. These companies realise the largest number of connections between the New Zealand airports and the European ones. One of the most important carriers with quite an impressive fleet is the Virgin Australia International. There are also some other airlines, such as Garuda Indonesia, FlySafair, and American Airlines

  • Which airlines are the safest?

    It is difficult to specify which airlines are the safest in the world. Considering only the number of malfunctions and accidents does not cater for situations which are not in any way dependent from the staff nor the technical condition of the machine. Before being admitted to operation, every aircraft, regardless of the carrier, is subject to the same procedures at the airport. Identical mechanisms are checked and similar parameters are analysed. Technical inspections are also mandatory after the same time for every carrier.

    Every now and then, tech magazines publish rankings of the safest airlines. Such rankings consider the conditions inside the aircraft, the age and technological advancement of the machine, or the quality of the meals. These are the categories in which low cost airlines cannot compete with traditional carriers. However, the case is different in commissioned rankings concerning only low cost airlines, where the mentioned New Zealand companies do appear and are ranked high.


  • Where to search low cost airlines?

    Low cost airlines offer a slightly lower standard of connections from that of traditional carriers. If this is something you agree to and you can do just fine in worse conditions, while saving even several hundred zloty, do not hesitate to choose a ticket from such a carrier. Howeer, tracking offers at a given line in search of an attractive price is not the best idea. Even if you expand your search to a few carriers, you cannot always be sure that you will find the best offers. The solution is professional portals, or flight search engines.

    Using such portals is very simple and intuitive. The most important task will be to enter your destination into the relevant fields. You can choose the departure airport closest to you or all airports in New Zealand. In just a few seconds, the search engine will check the offers of all carriers which operate on the selected route. The results will also include connections with one or two transfers. Good search engines, like eSky, are available for downloading in the form of an application which will inform you about the latest deals and allow you to keep your fingers on the pulse.