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 3,59 5,42 1,81 5,90 4,18
2 Bulgaria 3,18 9,68 1,94 3,82 4,65
3 India 3,88 4,25 5,18 6,51 4,96
4 Turkey 4,35 7,03 2,81 10,91 6,28
5 Romania 3,04 13,81 2,65 6,34 6,46
6 Indonesia 4,17 4,47 6,18 11,13 6,49
7 Portugal 3,96 15,43 2,61 3,98 6,50
8 Thailand 4,01 8,23 4,55 10,17 6,74
9 Sweden 7,40 15,90 1,31 3,22 6,96
10 Spain 8,62 13,79 1,72 4,21 7,08
11 South Africa 6,71 6,71 7,78 7,78 7,25
12 Moldova 3,54 4,40 10,78 10,78 7,37
13 Japan 9,36 9,63 3,17 8,14 7,57
14 Russia 6,53 9,45 6,99 7,42 7,60
15 Poland - 11,23 11,23 2,25 6,31 7,75
16 Kazakhstan 11,16 11,16 4,81 4,72 7,96
17 New Zealand 4,41 13,65 7,82 7,82 8,43
18 Philippines 3,53 7,06 5,71 20,60 9,22
19 Lithuania 16,32 16,32 1,88 2,50 9,26
20 Ukraine 13,45 13,45 3,53 6,79 9,30
21 Italy 4,19 11,35 11,67 11,67 9,72
22 Finland 17,40 17,40 2,33 4,72 10,46
23 Iran 4,85 4,85 4,89 28,09 10,67
24 Mongolia 6,39 6,39 15,05 15,05 10,72
25 Mexico 6,59 13,89 4,63 18,01 10,78
26 Iceland - 14,68 14,68 6,44 7,89 10,92
27 The United Kingdom 3,71 9,06 5,35 26,11 11,06
28 China 17,90 19,64 2,00 6,18 11,43
29 Latvia 19,38 19,38 2,59 4,46 11,45
30 USA 5,41 6,48 6,35 27,77 11,50
31 Czech Republic 11,02 21,88 3,18 9,94 11,51
32 Greece 6,10 31,60 3,53 4,85 11,52
33 Kenya 12,86 12,86 10,41 10,41 11,64
34 France 6,58 6,58 4,45 29,12 11,68
35 Tunisia 16,48 16,48 7,01 7,01 11,75
36 Ireland - 6,16 10,27 10,19 21,27 11,97
37 Colombia 9,24 12,19 12,71 14,14 12,07
38 Saudi Arabia 10,31 10,31 14,17 14,47 12,32
39 Cyprus 16,71 29,82 2,50 5,57 13,65
40 Belarus 19,69 19,94 7,88 7,88 13,85
41 Algeria 10,81 10,81 17,93 17,93 14,37
42 Tanzania - 20,59 20,59 6,35 10,35 14,47
43 Cuba 18,18 18,18 12,11 12,11 15,15
44 Azerbaijan 12,64 35,25 6,73 6,73 15,34
45 Botswana - 23,59 24,92 7,06 7,06 15,66
46 Egypt 20,22 20,22 6,75 16,28 15,86
47 Vietnam - 4,22 5,77 26,33 27,20 15,88
48 Brazil 3,98 3,98 28,66 28,66 16,32
49 Estonia 15,43 41,94 3,98 3,98 16,33
50 Germany 7,54 14,22 14,18 30,69 16,66
51 Norway 27,92 36,14 1,43 2,65 17,04
52 Venezuela 6,71 34,17 12,58 16,57 17,51
53 Fiji 23,86 23,86 10,75 12,31 17,69
54 Papua New Guinea 26,82 26,82 9,35 11,16 18,54
55 Peru 14,86 14,86 10,56 34,96 18,81
56 Israel 36,52 36,52 3,11 3,47 19,91
57 Nigeria 18,99 20,62 12,73 28,60 20,23
58 Jordan 33,45 33,45 6,48 10,92 21,07
59 Bolivia - 12,38 12,38 24,52 40,67 22,49
60 Bangladesh 17,88 55,16 7,40 12,73 23,29
61 Switzerland 26,23 37,88 9,53 19,73 23,34
62 Albania 36,73 36,73 10,08 10,08 23,40
63 Argentina 16,54 16,54 30,12 30,62 23,45
64 Pakistan 15,80 49,50 14,75 14,75 23,70
65 Canada 11,24 27,17 21,28 35,93 23,90
66 Denmark 33,17 49,28 1,94 11,81 24,05
67 Taiwan 30,81 34,82 12,99 21,83 25,11
68 South Korea 39,51 41,51 8,38 15,41 26,20
69 Australia 41,77 52,29 9,68 13,86 29,39
70 Morocco 43,73 43,73 20,73 20,73 32,23
71 Oman 50,81 61,72 10,72 10,91 33,54
72 Lebanon 65,09 65,09 4,77 12,73 36,92
73 Austria 68,84 68,84 4,43 6,11 37,06
74 Serbia 74,08 74,08 8,23 8,23 41,15
75 Solomon Islands 71,95 71,95 14,33 14,33 43,14
76 United Arab Emirates 43,65 46,07 38,81 49,13 44,42
77 Chile 12,12 152,01 25,00 25,00 53,53
78 Qatar 87,50 102,32 12,97 12,97 53,94
79 Netherlands 80,03 80,03 14,74 43,24 54,51
80 Belgium 86,29 86,29 15,48 30,45 54,63

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.