United Kingdom

Guide to Low-cost Travel and Inexpensive Vacations

London is the centre for low-cost airline service in Europe.  All the major discount airlines operate out of one or more of the following three London airports:  Stansted, Luton and Gatwick.

Public transportation, however, is available to all three airports. The discount airlines don't offer flights from London Heathrow.

Low-cost airfares are available between a number of UK cities including Aberdeen, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.

Inexpensive airfares are available to destinations throughout continental Europe.

Virgin Atlantic Jet
Virgin Atlantic Jet

The major discount airlines that provide discount airline services from the UK are the following:

Air Berlin

Air Berlin is based in Germany and flies to destinations in the UK and elsewhere.

Central Wings

Central Wings operates out of Poland and flies to destination throughout Europe.


EasyJet flies between 72 key European airports across the UK, France, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Czech Republic, Greece, Germany, and Portugal.


Monarch provides low-cost scheduled flights from bases at London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester, Birmingham and Malaga airports.


Ryanair was Europe’s original low-fare airline.  It now offers flights on 344 routes across 22 European countries.


SkyEurope is the leading and largest Central European low-cost airline. It has bases in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Virgin Express

Virgin Express has main hubs in Brussels and Rome.

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