Aviation Price Index

Airline flight prices are calculated using “yield management”, resulting in some of the most complex pricing algorithms in the world. There are several urban legends regarding how to find the least expensive flights: popular tips include searching on certain days of the week or at specific times of the day in the hope of lower costs. However, there is no conclusive proof associated to whether such tactics actually pay off by presenting less expensive offers. Hundreds of factors, including oil prices, popularity of the chosen route, and even the IP address from where you book your travel can have a profound effect on the cost of your ticket.

At Kiwi.com, we have made it our mission to offer passengers the best prices available in order to reach their destination. To further assist customers with their bookings, we have developed the Aviation Price Index below, detailing the countries which offer the most and least affordable flights.

We took into account domestic and international flights from 75 of the world’s most frequently visited countries, calculating an average ticket cost per 100/km of travel, using on- and off-season flight costs for over a million journeys. The research included a clear split between low cost and legacy airlines to reach a conclusive country to country price index. All currency conversions are correct on 19th August 2016*.

Kiwi.com CEO Oliver Dlouhý commented, “Understanding the least expensive countries from which to fly brings immense value to travellers when planning their next getaway. The public may never understand how and when flight tickets change in price; however, they now know which countries allow them to travel further on a budget."

# Country Domestic Flights International Flights Average cost/100 km
Low Cost cost/100 km Full-service cost/100 km Low Cost cost/100 km Full-service cost/100 km
1 India 55,11 64,84 85,92 109,42 78,82
2 Malaysia 56,47 141,04 51,33 118,61 91,86
3 Russia 170,49 153,47 77,27 170,22 142,86
4 Portugal 98,08 353,68 68,08 131,31 162,79
5 Indonesia 105,37 137,79 149,95 270,46 165,89
6 Azerbaijan 146,44 283,70 70,79 172,38 168,33
7 South Africa 138,07 241,28 153,74 178,59 177,92
8 Algeria 222,37 253,17 125,64 143,74 186,23
9 Philippines 126,99 200,48 95,37 330,17 188,25
10 Sweden 217,77 367,46 68,35 129,42 195,75
11 China 317,21 418,80 29,72 68,89 208,66
12 Bulgaria 300,99 365,30 68,35 105,91 210,14
13 Spain 213,99 315,58 89,43 223,72 210,68
14 Ukraine 259,65 333,69 134,28 138,07 216,42
15 Poland 257,22 364,49 109,96 147,25 219,73
16 Germany 235,34 379,62 104,29 231,82 237,77
17 USA 85,92 116,99 311,53 437,98 238,11
18 Brazil 101,59 174,27 296,94 383,94 239,19
19 Greece 151,57 633,06 74,84 119,15 244,66
20 Pakistan 159,95 213,99 280,73 333,15 246,96
21 Thailand 118,61 389,35 221,02 283,97 253,24
22 Mexico 216,15 450,14 164,81 211,29 260,60
23 Tunisia 466,62 474,73 67,54 77,27 271,54
24 New Zealand 180,49 584,97 161,57 181,03 277,02
25 Czech Republic 182,44 494,07 196,22 258,66 282,85
26 Italy 322,61 668,19 88,62 118,88 299,58
27 Romania 167,25 903,26 41,06 90,24 300,45
28 France 175,62 245,06 298,29 494,72 303,42
29 Kenya 380,70 392,86 212,10 250,20 308,97
30 Lithuania 218,04 592,26 231,82 238,85 320,24
31 Estonia 301,26 534,44 208,05 238,58 320,58
32 The United Kingdom 91,86 414,48 384,75 392,59 320,92
33 Mongolia 366,92 366,92 288,83 297,21 329,97
34 Cuba 407,72 450,14 211,83 273,16 335,71
35 Latvia 394,75 703,04 81,86 195,89 343,89
36 Saudi Arabia 206,69 364,22 326,93 598,21 374,01
37 Bangladesh 443,93 545,25 101,86 441,77 383,20
38 Egypt 398,53 738,17 221,02 232,09 397,45
39 Papua New Guinea 527,42 634,15 184,27 255,33 400,29
40 Norway 701,96 799,78 77,54 87,00 416,57
41 South Korea 448,79 889,48 94,83 250,20 420,83
42 Nigeria 364,76 704,40 324,77 346,39 435,08
43 Iran 288,02 537,14 328,82 589,29 435,82
44 Peru 392,59 676,57 301,53 380,43 437,78
45 Israel 414,75 907,04 218,31 256,95 449,26
46 Albania 710,07 807,61 197,24 228,85 485,94
47 Morocco 653,87 744,66 245,06 307,75 487,84
48 Belarus 520,12 532,82 453,92 453,92 490,20
49 Jordan 496,35 782,75 349,63 426,90 513,91
50 Argentina 300,18 301,80 675,76 792,48 517,56
51 Kazakhstan 350,71 1611,98 113,21 158,87 558,69
52 Colombia 406,64 1095,37 369,89 383,40 563,83
53 Chile 176,43 1308,28 433,39 452,84 592,74
54 Moldova 654,68 820,31 366,38 551,74 598,28
55 Taiwan 387,46 533,90 461,22 1081,86 616,11
56 Fiji 592,26 1422,04 225,07 244,79 621,04
57 Oman 260,73 260,73 743,03 1500,93 691,36
58 Turkey 515,26 1845,43 187,51 217,50 691,43
59 Bolivia 513,10 675,49 699,26 899,75 696,90
60 Venezuela 400,70 1592,80 521,74 590,10 776,34
61 Lebanon 1369,35 1381,78 101,86 283,16 784,04
62 Cyprus 1383,40 1487,96 139,96 208,59 804,98
63 Serbia 1376,37 1558,76 181,84 197,78 828,69
64 Australia 1022,96 2090,23 170,49 179,68 865,84
65 Solomon Islands 1361,78 1546,87 288,02 303,15 874,96
66 Switzerland 1061,32 1447,43 357,73 708,72 893,80
67 Austria 1690,88 1690,88 90,24 109,96 895,49
68 Denmark 641,98 1490,13 548,49 993,24 918,46
69 Belgium 915,96 2049,70 325,85 403,13 923,66
70 Canada 194,27 205,61 1060,24 2296,39 939,13
71 Japan 716,28 1770,59 641,98 896,78 1006,41
72 The Netherlands 683,05 2220,47 409,61 796,80 1027,48
73 Qatar 1561,46 2069,70 455,01 801,67 1221,96
74 Finland 961,08 3173,18 194,54 618,20 1236,75
75 United Arab Emirates 4400,14 5345,82 237,77 273,70 2564,36

*Rankings were calculated by analysing the costs of over one million flights to find an average price of domestic and international flights. We analysed in separate columns the low-cost and full-service airlines, as we found it valuable for the public to make a distinction among them. We combined them for the final country to country Index total. 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, whilst international costs were calculated from all international airports in each country to up to five international hubs. 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. Currency conversions correct on 19th August 2016.