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

Jet Airways
Hubs: Mumbai, Bengaluru, Brussels, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Pune

Tip: India's leading discounter

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

Hubs: Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad
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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


Aer Lingus
Hub: Dublin

Tip: Offers inexpensive transatlantic flights between select U.S. cities and Ireland

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: Manchester, Southampton
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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, Luton), Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds/Bradford and East Midlands

Tip: Serves Europe, parts of U.S., the Middle East and Asia

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

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

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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

Hub: Reykjavik

Tip: Formerly Iceland Express, 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

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


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., Mexico and the Caribbean

Hubs: Toronto
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Tip: Airport is conveniently located near downtown Toronto, with free ferry access.


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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