How Budget Airlines Work

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Flying is an expensive endeavor, but somehow certain budget airline are able to sell tickets for less than 10 euros. This is how they work.


Thanks to Reddit users Phynub and Joey23art for their contributions and fact-checking.

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Ryanair jet footage courtesy under Creative Commons License
Air travel graph courtesy Mappy10101
EasyJet photo courtesy Biggerben
Scale image courtesy Althepal
Ryanair fleet photo and Cabin Crew photo courtesy Ryanair and used under fair use
EasyJet fleet photo courtesy Curimedia
Pilot photo courtesy Dmitrij.shpilchevskij
Airport check-in photo courtesy Leonid Mamchenkov
Ryanair interior photo courtesy Ruthann
Select Ryanair footage courtesy Amsterdam airport Schiphol
German wings flight attendant photo courtesy Oxfordian Kissuth
Heathrow Aerial courtesy Panhard
Charles de Gaulle aerial courtesy Dmitry Avdeev
Heathrow ground photo courtesy Warren Rohner
Bucharest airport photo courtesy Cristian Bortes
Airline seat icon courtesy Adam Mullin
Flight attendant icon courtesy Gabriella Fono
Map of French regions courtesy Superbenjamin
Regional airport image courtesy Mjrmtg
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Frankfurt Airport time-lapse courtesy
Ryanair landing video courtesy
Ryanair takeoff video courtesy
Ryanair ground photo courtesy
Airport line photo courtesy Jaysin Trevino
Southwest interior photo courtesy Paul Sullivan
Southwest boarding video courtesy
Southwest flying video courtesy
Baggage handling video courtesy Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Ticketing video courtesy
Ryanair check-in photo courtesy Jhcx
Check-in machine photo courtesy frankieleon
Jetway photo courtesy Cliff
Ryanair stair photo courtesy Juanedc
Song, metrojet airlines photo courtesy Anthony92931
Shuttle by United photo courtesy
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