India tops global survey for best value flights

Kiwi.com’s 2016 Aviation Price Index shows India offers the least expensive domestic flights on both low-cost and legacy airlines categories


India ranked number 1, making it the best value location for international and domestic flights worldwide. Photo: HT
India ranked number 1, making it the best value location for international and domestic flights worldwide. Photo: HT

Online travel agency Kiwi.com has produced a ranking detailing countries of the world which offer the least and most expensive flights.

The research, which took into account over 1 million international and domestic journeys, found that India offered the least expensive flight prices per 100km of travel, while the United Arab Emirates (UAE) clocked in with the most expensive tickets.

India is ranked number 1, making it the best value location for international and domestic flights worldwide.

India offered the least expensive domestic flights on both low-cost and legacy airlines, at $2.27 and $2.67, respectively, per 100km of travel.

India is calculated to have an average flight cost of $3.25 per 100km of travel, factoring in both domestic and international journeys.

China offered the least expensive international flights on both low-cost and legacy airlines, at $1.22 and $2.84, respectively, per 100km of travel.

The UAE offered the most expensive domestic flights on both low-cost and legacy airlines, at $181.38 and $202.36, respectively, per 100km of travel.

Canada offered the most expensive international flights on both low-cost and legacy airlines, at $43.70 and $94.66, respectively, per 100km of travel.

To calculate the rankings, Kiwi.com analysed over a million flights to find an average price of domestic and international flights on a low-cost and a legacy airline from each of the countries.

Domestic flights were calculated by finding an average of flight costs from the country’s capital to up to five major cities within the country (where available), or a major city in a neighbouring country where no domestic flights were available, while international costs were calculated from the capital of each country to up to five international hubs within the same continent. All flights were checked for the same dates of travel (or neighbouring dates where necessary) on- and off-season, taking into account the same destinations and travel scheduling.

“The Aviation Price Index is a fascinating guide to the costs of air travel around the globe,” said Kiwi.com’s chief executive officer Oliver Dlouhý. “We always aim to offer travellers the best possible deals, and hope this ranking informs customers on the countries from which they can expect the most cost effective airfare, and assist them in booking the best value journey.”

The study revealed the 10 countries offering the least expensive and most expensive flights:

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