There are multiple airlines which often offer cheap flights to Asia from European cities.
Most of the airlines offer cheap flights with a short layover in the city they are headquartered. According to the headquarters airlines which operate cheap flights to Asia from Europe can be classified into three groups:
- Airlines of Europe
- Airlines of the Middle East
- Airlines of Asia
Countries which have national airlines operating flights to Asia sometimes offer cheap direct flights.
However, connecting flights are usually cheaper than direct flights. It happens on less compelling routes where demand can be a problem. Airlines offer cheaper connecting flights to keep more seats filled on a secondary route.
Below you will find a brief information on the airlines which offer cheap flights to Asia more often than others.
Airlines of Europe
European airlines usually offer the shortest way to reach Asian countries from Europe.
Charter flights are cheaper than scheduled flights when they are offered as last minute flights by tour operators in case they have some spare seats left in the planes.
TUI is the biggest holiday airline in the UK. It has a fleet of 63 aircraft operating long-haul charter flights from the seven airports in the country.
The company sells flight tickets included into holiday packages along with hotels and transfers. When some spare seats are left in the plane, TUI sells them as last minute flights at low prices.
During the high season TUI often offers cheap flights from the United Kingdom to Asia. The best deals can be usually found on flights to Sri Lanka, Goa, Phu Quoc and South Thailand.
It is one of the biggest leisure airlines in the UK, headquartered in Manchester. The company has a fleet of 34 aircraft, aged 10.6 years on average. It operates direct flights to more than 72 holiday destinations including the Caribbean sea, North America, South America, Asia and Africa as well as popular European summer and ski destinations during high seasons.
Thomas Cook airlines operate charter flights for Thomas Cook Tour Operations company and for some other package holiday operators. It also offers direct ticket reservations for independent customers through their web site.
UIA is the national airline and the flag carrier of Ukraine. Headquartered in Kiev, the company operates domestic flights in Ukraine and international flights to more than 80 destinations in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the United States.
The company has a fleet of 39 aircraft, aged 11.6 years on average. UIA have a high on-time performance rate and a very small percentage of flights which were delayed or cancelled.
The company often offers very cheap flights from Europe to Sri Lanka and Thailand during the low season.
It is the major airline and the flag carrier of Finland. Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, the company operates scheduled flights to 130 destinations in Europe, Asia and North America.
The company has a modern fleet which consists of more than 60 aircraft and is 9 years old on average. Finnair has been named as the best European Airline by multiple awards.
It is the major airline and the flag carrier of Italy. Headquartered in Rome, the company operates scheduled flights to 92 destinations both in Italy and worldwide.
The company has one of the youngest fleets in the world which consists of more than 120 aircraft.
Alitalia became the winner of the “Best Airline Cuisine” award seven years in a row. The company provides delicious food and a wide selection of quality wines on board. Alitalia is also known for a high on-time performance.
Turkish Airlines is the flag carrier of Turkey. Headquartered in Istanbul, the company operates domestic and international flights to 302 destinations. Turkish airlines have a large and young fleet of 283 aircraft, aged 6.5 years on average.
The company is the fourth carrier in the world by the number of covered destinations. It was named as the top European airline for six years in a row starting from 2011 by many awards. Turkish Airlines often offer cheap flights to Asia from large European cities.
It is a German leisure airline which operates long-haul flights for a German low-cost airline, Eurowings. The company has a fleet of 11 aircraft, aged 14.7 on average.
SunExpress often offers cheap non-stop flights to Thailand from German cities. Thailand is currently the only destination in Asia the company flies to.
It is a Norwegian budget airline. It is the third largest European low-cost airline and the sixth largest world’s low-cost airline. The company flies to 132 domestic and international destinations and has one of the youngest fleets in the world.
Norwegian Air UK is owned by is Norwegian Air Shuttle and operates flights in the United Kingdom.
Swiss airlines is the national airline of Switzerland and a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group. The company is headquartered at Zurich Airport and operates flights to 102 destinations in 46 countries.
The company boasts a large fleet of 87 aircraft, aged 9.7 on average.
It is a subsidiary of the Air France – KLM group and the flag carrier of France. It is a global airline, which covers 201 domestic and international destinations.
The company is the official airline of the Cannes Film Festival. It has a large fleet of 220 aircraft, aged 13 years on average.
KLM is a subsidiary of the Air France – KLM group and the flag carrier of the Netherlands. It is the oldest world’s airline which is still operating under its original name.
The company covers 145 destinations. It has a large fleet of 119 aircraft, aged 11 years on average.
Airlines of the Middle East
The Middle East airlines usually offer the cheapest flights between Europe and Asia with short layovers at one of the airports in Arabian Peninsula.
Air Arabia is a low-cost airline headquartered in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The company operates domestic and international flights to 151 destinations.
It has a very young and modern fleet of 36 aircraft, aged 3.7 years on average. The company is one of the few airlines which does not sell alcohol on its flights.
Air Arabia often offers cheap flights to Asia (mostly Sri lanka) from Kiev.
It is the national airline and a flag carrier of the State of Qatar. Headquartered in Doha, the company operates flights to more than 150 destinations worldwide.
The company has a fleet of 208 aircraft, aged 6.1 years on average. Qatar Airways is the world’s fastest-growing airlines and a winner of multiple awards, among which the most recent are “Airline of the Year” (2017) and “World’s Best Business Class” (2017), both have been achieved already for the fourth time.
The company is known for a great customer service, comfortable seats, good cuisine, the latest audio and video entertainment and a high on-time performance statistics.
Kuwait Airways is the national airline of Kuwait, fully owned by the government. The company operates flights to 34 destinations across the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America.
Kuwait Airways have a young fleet of 26 aircraft, aged 6 years on average. The company often offers cheap flights from Europe to Asia with layovers in Kuwait.
It is the flag carrier of Jordan. Headquartered in Amman, Jordan, the company operates scheduled flights to 43 destinations.
It has a modern fleet of 26 aircraft, aged 7.5 years on average. The company is ranked as one of the 20 safest airlines in the world.
Oman Air is the national airline of Oman. Headquartered in Muscat, the company operates flights to 50 domestic and international destinations based in 27 countries.
It has a young fleet of 49 aircraft, aged 5 years on average. The company is the winner of many awards. In 2017 it won “World’s Leading Airline – Economy Class” award for the fourth time.
It is a low-cost airline headquartered in Dubai. The company operates domestic and international flights to 104 destinations via Dubai.
It has a very young and modern fleet of 61 aircraft, aged 4.4 years on average. In 2017 the company was named “Best Low-Cost Airline serving the Middle East”.
Gulf Air is the flag carries of Bahrain. The airline is owned by Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and UAE and operates scheduled flights to 50 destinations in 27 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.
The company has a modern fleet of 34 aircraft, aged 8.5 on average.
Airlines of Asia
Asian airlines operate very frequent flights from multiple European cities to popular Asian destinations. They often offer good flight promotions on certain routes during both low and high seasons.
Air China is the major airline and the only flag carrier of People’s Republic of China. Headquartered in Beijing, the capital of China, the company operates flights on more than 350 domestic and international routes.
It is the only airline in the country which has routes across all six continents. The company has a fleet of 383 passenger aircraft, most of which are Boeing and Airbus, aged 6.5 years on average.
Air China is a very busy airline with an average load factor of 80%. The company often offers cheap flights to Asia from multiple European cities.
It is one of the three largest airlines in China, headquartered in Shanghai. The company operates flights to more than 190 destinations both in China and worldwide.
It has a modern fleet of more than 400 aircraft, aged less than 7 years on average. In terms of the total number of passengers carried in one year China Eastern Airlines is the second airline in China and is the seventh airline in the world.
It is also a Chinese airline, headquartered in Shanghai. It covers more than 190 domestic and international destinations.
The company can boast a large and modern fleet of more than 400 aircraft, which are less than 7 years old on average.
Shenzhen Airlines partly belong to Air China Airlines and are a member of Star Alliance. The company is headquartered in Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in Bao’an District, Shenzhen, China.
Shenzhen Airlines have a fleet of 188 aircraft and operate domestic and international flights to 74 destinations.
Scoot is a low-cost airline owned by Singapore Airlines. Scoot Airlines commenced operations in 2012 and in 2017 was merged with Tiger Air airlines under the Scoot brand.
The company has a young fleet which consists of 42 aircraft, aged less than 5 years on average. Scoot Airlines operate flights on about sixty short and medium-haul routes in Asia and three long-haul routes to Honolulu, Athens and Berlin. The route from Berlin to Singapore has been only launched in June 2018
The company was ranked as the world’s best airline in 2018 and is the winner in the following categories: “Best First Class”, “Best First Class Airline Seat” and “Best Airline in Asia”.
Singapore Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Singapore. The company is headquartered at Singapore Changi Airport and operates international flights to 64 destinations.
The company boasts a young fleet of 112 aircraft, aged 7 on average.
It is a Chinese passenger airline mostly owned by China Southern Airlines. The company operates domestic and international flights to 70 destinations and has a young fleet of 163 aircraft, aged 5.3 on average.
The company was many times recognized as “The Best Airline In Mainland China”.
It is the national airline and the flag carrier of India. Headquartered in New Delhi, the company operates domestic and international flights to more than 90 destinations
The company has a fleet of 124 aircraft, aged 8 years on average. Air India often offers cheap flights to Asia from London.
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