Romania ranks in the 10th position in EU and the 27th worldwide according to Czech online travel agency Kiwi.com’s 2016 Aviation Price Index that calculates which countries offer the best value flights, with an average flight cost of USD 12.38 per 100 km of travel, factoring in both domestic and international journeys.
Globally, the least expensive country, India, averaged a flight cost of USD 3.25 per 100 km of travel. At the other end of the ranking, United Arab Emirates calculated at a cost over 30 times higher, at USD 105.71 per 100 km of travel.
At EU level, on the first place is Portugal, where a flight ticket has an average price of USD 6.7, followed by Sweden and Bulgaria. On the other hand, at the end of the list are countries of northwestern Europe such as Finland, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as Denmark.
To calculate the rankings, Kiwi.com analysed over a million flights to find an average price of domestic and international flights on a low cost and a legacy airline from each of the countries.
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 the capital of each country to up to five international hubs within the same continent. 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.
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