What is a low-cost carrier?
A low-cost carrier, also known as a budget airline, is an airline which offers fewer amenities in return for a cheaper priced flight.
These airlines often only have economy as their only cabin class, and generally offer a lower service in comparison to major carriers.
What are the extra fees budget airlines charge?
The optional extras low-cost carriers provide for a fee can be broken down into three categories, baggage, seating and in-flight services.
These airlines typically charge for checked-in baggage with some even charging for carry-ons.
Due to low-cost carriers taking a larger share of the market, major airlines have copied this business model, offering a “basic economy” option.
Which airlines are low-cost carriers?
It can be quite easy to identify low-cost carriers. Of course their prices are lower but they also usually operate within a country or small region.
Here is a list of a few low-cost carriers:
- Frontier Airlines
- Spirit Airlines
- Wizz Air