Find out Which Countries Offer the Cheapest Flights

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Travel agencies need to work a lot harder these days to make us part with our hard-earned money, especially with the competition from the big flight aggregator sites. Rankings like’s flight price index are one way for travel agencies to stay relevant, and cost-conscious travelers benefit from it.

Their newly released index ranks air travel costs in 80 countries, with individual rankings for short- and long-haul as well as low-cost and full-service flights. Pretty handy information to have when deciding where to fly next.

Because we love spreadsheets, we took a detailed look at the index so you don’t have to.

The overall winner in this year’s ranking is Malaysia with an average cost of $4.18 per 100km. Malaysia, in the top 10 in 3 categories, does well in both the low-cost and full-service short-haul categories as well as affordable long flights.

The highest-ranking Asian countries behind Malaysia are India at third and Indonesia at sixth due to their competitively priced short-haul flights.

Sweden and Norway are definitely your countries of choice for long flights, as they rank in the top 3 in budget and premium flights. A welcome surprise is the Philippines’ third place in the budget short-haul category. Unfortunately, our overall ranking is 18th, nine spots down from last year.

At the bottom of the index are Belgium and the Netherlands, not exactly promising if you’re planning a trip to either of these two Benelux countries. The UAE is the most expensive choice for long haul flights, both budget and premium. Being Emirates airline’s hub, this is probably not surprising news to any frequent flyer.

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