Flight Price Index 2017

Flight price indexLast year we conducted and released our first Kiwi.com Flight Price Index. Now, we've repeated the research – and things have changed. As ever, airline ticket prices use some of the most complex pricing algorithms and yield management systems in the world. We've all heard the so-called secrets to finding a cheap flight; search on a Tuesday, fly out on a Wednesday, and use a private browser. However, hundreds of additional factors, including oil prices, political turmoil, airline competition and even the weather can have a huge impact on the cost of your ticket.

At Kiwi.com, we've made it our mission to offer passengers the best value air ticket prices available. We developed the 2017 Flight Price Index, detailing the countries which offer the best value  flights, in order to help our customers make affordable travel plans.

We took into account short-haul and long-haul flights from 80 of the world’s most frequently visited countries and cities, calculating an average ticket cost per 100 km of travel, using high and low season flight costs for over a million journeys. The research includes a clear split between low cost and full service  airlines to arrive at  a conclusive country to country price index. All currency conversions are correct as of April 25, 2017.

“Ticket prices fluctuate constantly for a myriad of reasons. Year on year changes can partly be attributed to fuel prices, sociopolitical shifts such as Brexit, recent elections and fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. The UK, for example, is seeing a larger number of Americans visit due to the weakening of the pound, whereas Egypt and Turkey saw a drop in ticket prices due to a decrease in demand due to regional turmoil," said Kiwi.com CEO Oliver Dlouhý. "By tracking flight cost by country, travellers have more information with which to choose destinations that allow them to travel further on their budget. Travellers know what their ideal route, timing and price is, so we give them the tools to fulfill that."

# Country Position Change from 2016 Short-Haul Flights Long-Haul 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 Malaysia 2,80 4,23 1,41 4,60 3,26
2 Bulgaria 2,48 7,56 1,51 2,98 3,63
3 India 3,03 3,32 4,04 5,08 3,87
4 Turkey 3,40 5,49 2,19 8,52 4,90
5 Romania 2,37 10,78 2,07 4,95 5,04
6 Indonesia 3,25 3,49 4,83 8,69 5,06
7 Portugal 3,09 12,05 2,04 3,11 5,07
8 Thailand 3,13 6,42 3,55 7,94 5,26
9 Sweden 5,78 12,41 1,02 2,51 5,43
10 Spain 6,73 10,76 1,34 3,29 5,53
11 South Africa 5,24 5,24 6,07 6,07 5,66
12 Moldova 2,76 3,43 8,42 8,42 5,76
13 Japan 7,31 7,52 2,47 6,35 5,91
14 Russia 5,10 7,38 5,45 5,79 5,93
15 Poland - 8,77 8,77 1,76 4,93 6,05
16 Kazakhstan 8,72 8,72 3,75 3,69 6,22
17 New Zealand 3,44 10,66 6,11 6,11 6,58
18 Philippines 2,75 5,51 4,46 16,08 7,20
19 Lithuania 12,74 12,74 1,47 1,95 7,23
20 Ukraine 10,50 10,50 2,75 5,30 7,26
21 Italy 3,27 8,86 9,11 9,11 7,59
22 Finland 13,58 13,58 1,82 3,69 8,17
23 Iran 3,79 3,79 3,81 21,93 8,33
24 Mongolia 4,99 4,99 11,75 11,75 8,37
25 Mexico 5,15 10,85 3,62 14,06 8,42
26 Iceland - 11,46 11,46 5,03 6,16 8,53
27 The United Kingdom 2,90 7,08 4,18 20,39 8,63
28 China 13,97 15,33 1,56 4,83 8,92
29 Latvia 15,13 15,13 2,02 3,48 8,94
30 USA 4,22 5,06 4,96 21,68 8,97
31 Czech Republic 8,61 17,08 2,48 7,76 8,98
32 Greece 4,77 24,67 2,75 3,79 8,99
33 Kenya 10,04 10,04 8,13 8,13 9,09
34 France 5,14 5,14 3,47 22,73 9,12
35 Tunisia 12,87 12,87 5,47 5,47 9,17
36 Ireland - 4,81 8,02 7,96 16,61 9,35
37 Colombia 7,21 9,51 9,92 11,04 9,42
38 Saudi Arabia 8,05 8,05 11,06 11,30 9,62
39 Cyprus 13,05 23,28 1,95 4,35 10,66
40 Belarus 15,38 15,57 6,15 6,15 10,81
41 Algeria 8,44 8,44 14,00 14,00 11,22
42 Tanzania - 16,07 16,07 4,96 8,08 11,30
43 Cuba 14,19 14,19 9,45 9,45 11,82
44 Azerbaijan 9,87 27,52 5,26 5,26 11,98
45 Botswana - 18,42 19,45 5,51 5,51 12,22
46 Egypt 15,78 15,78 5,27 12,71 12,39
47 Vietnam - 3,30 4,50 20,56 21,24 12,40
48 Brazil 3,11 3,11 22,38 22,38 12,74
49 Estonia 12,05 32,75 3,11 3,11 12,75
50 Germany 5,89 11,10 11,07 23,96 13,01
51 Norway 21,80 28,22 1,11 2,07 13,30
52 Venezuela 5,24 26,68 9,82 12,94 13,67
53 Fiji 18,63 18,63 8,39 9,61 13,81
54 Papua New Guinea 20,94 20,94 7,30 8,72 14,47
55 Peru 11,60 11,60 8,25 27,29 14,69
56 Israel 28,52 28,52 2,43 2,71 15,54
57 Nigeria 14,82 16,10 9,94 22,33 15,80
58 Jordan 26,11 26,11 5,06 8,53 16,45
59 Bolivia - 9,67 9,67 19,15 31,75 17,56
60 Bangladesh 13,96 43,07 5,78 9,94 18,19
61 Switzerland 20,48 29,58 7,44 15,40 18,23
62 Albania 28,68 28,68 7,87 7,87 18,27
63 Argentina 12,91 12,91 23,51 23,90 18,31
64 Pakistan 12,33 38,65 11,52 11,52 18,51
65 Canada 8,78 21,21 16,62 28,05 18,66
66 Denmark 25,90 38,47 1,51 9,22 18,78
67 Taiwan 24,06 27,18 10,14 17,04 19,61
68 South Korea 30,84 32,41 6,54 12,03 20,46
69 Australia 32,61 40,83 7,56 10,82 22,95
70 Morocco 34,14 34,14 16,18 16,18 25,16
71 Oman 39,67 48,19 8,37 8,52 26,19
72 Lebanon 50,82 50,82 3,72 9,94 28,82
73 Austria 53,75 53,75 3,46 4,77 28,93
74 Serbia 57,84 57,84 6,42 6,42 32,13
75 Solomon Islands 56,18 56,18 11,19 11,19 33,68
76 United Arab Emirates 34,08 35,97 30,30 38,36 34,68
77 Chile 9,46 118,68 19,52 19,52 41,80
78 Qatar 68,31 79,88 10,13 10,13 42,11
79 Netherlands 62,49 62,49 11,51 33,76 42,56
80 Belgium 67,37 67,37 12,09 23,78 42,65

Rankings were calculated by analysing the costs of over one million flights to find an average price of short-haul and long-haul flights. Averages for low-cost and full service  airlines appear in separate columns as there is a clear distinction in terms of service and product. In some cases, less frequently travelled flight paths were only served by one airline and therefore the low-cost and full service carrier  columns show the same figure. The two categories were combined for the final country-to-country Index total.

Short-haul or 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 which is no more than 1000 kilometers away. Most flights in this category were under 600 km in distance. However, in large countries like Russia and Brazil, where there are greater distances between the largest cities, this figure ranged between 900 and 1100 km. International or long-haul costs were calculated using journeys from all the 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) high and low season, and take into account the same destinations and travel scheduling. Currency conversions are correct as of April 25, 2017.