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Air Asia
Hub: Kuala Lumpur
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Tip: First and longest-standing Asian discounter

Jet Airways
Hubs: Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai
Tip: India's leading discounter

Jetstar Airways
Hub: Singapore
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Tip: Subsidiary of Qantas; serves Asia and Australia

Kingfisher Airlines
Hubs: Bangalore, Mumbai
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Tip: Another Indian discounter

Hub: Delhi
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Tip: Flies to various cities in India; formerly Royal Airways

Hub: Singapore
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Tip: Also serves select Australian destinations

Hub: Singapore
Tip: Partner of Jetstar

Aer Lingus
Hub: Dublin
Tip: Offers inexpensive transatlantic flights between select U.S. cities and Ireland

Hubs: Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Manchester
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Tip: Low-cost subsidiary of British Midland Airways

Hubs: London (Luton, Gatwick and Stansted)
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Tip: Also serves select cities in Northern Africa; has announced its commitment to environmental responsibility by investing in more fuel-efficient planes

Hubs: Southampton, Birmingham
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Tip: Partnered with Logan Air, a Scottish airline

Meridiana Fly
Hub: Oblia
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Tip: Merged with Eurofly to create the second largest airline company in Italy; also serves select areas of the Middle East, Africa and Asia

Monarch Airlines
Hubs: London (Gatwick), Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow
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Tip: Serves Europe, parts of U.S., the Middle East and Asia

Hub: Dublin, London (Stansted)
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Tip: Watch for "free" fare sales, with fares of only a pound or two

Thomson Flights
Hubs: Glasgow, London (Gatwick and Luton), Manchester
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Tip: Mimics Ryanair's "free" sales, with fares for under four pounds

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Cimber Sterling
Hub: Copenhagen
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Tip: Formerly Sterling Airways

Air Berlin
Hub: Berlin
Tip: Second-largest German airline

Air Europa
Hub: Madrid
Tip: Flies to Europe, Africa, South America, the U.S. and the Caribbean

Hubs: Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg
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Tip: Flies to various cities around Europe and to the Canary Islands

Iceland Express
Hub: Reykjavik
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Tip: Serves Europe and parts of North America

Norwegian Air
Hub: Oslo
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Tip: Serves Europe and parts of North Africa and the Middle East

Hub: Prague
Tip: Serves Europe and select Middle Eastern cities

Hubs: Barcelona, Madrid
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Tip: Member of the Star Alliance Network

Transavia Airlines
Hubs: Amsterdam, Rotterdam
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Tip: Serves Europe and Northern Africa

Wizz Air
Hubs: Warsaw, Budapest, Sofia, Prague
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Tip: Based in Poland; serves Central and Eastern Europe

For more discount airlines in Europe, see LowCostAirlinesEurope.org.

Air Transat
Hub: Montreal
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Tip: Serves Canada, North America, Europe, and South and Central America

Hubs: Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver
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Tip: Serves major cities in Canada as well as select destinations in the U.S. and the Caribbean

Jetstar Airways
Hub: Sydney
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Tip: Subsidiary of Qantas

Rex (Regional Express)
Hubs: Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney
Tip: Connects large and small cities across Australia

Virgin Australia
Hubs: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
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Tip: Formerly Virgin Blue, it was the first Australian airline to introduce a certified carbon offset program

--written by Ed Hewitt; updated by Christina Livadiotis

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