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Crossing the Atlantic to reach Europe could be costly. So, in order to assist you in determining the cheapest gateways to the Old Continent, I used my years of airline experience to compile criteria and rates to assist YOU in determining what are the cheapest cities to fly to in Europe and where you should begin your next adventure!
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Reasons that make certain cities the cheapest to fly to in Europe
The price of flight tickets fluctuates. A lot. Airlines have an entire area called Revenue Management just to operate the models behind ticket pricing — this is the area that I worked for years. Before, I shared some tips on how to use revenue management in your favor so you can save money.
For this reason, the cheapest city to fly to today is not necessarily the same to fly tomorrow.
There are, however, some criteria that make certain cities (or rather, certain airports) consistently cheaper than others.
1st — Airport taxes and fees.
This is the easiest one to understand why. Each airport operator is free to set its own fees, and each country has its own taxes, which are then added to the total price of a flight ticket. Some countries have very high airport taxes.
The UK, for example, is unlikely to have many airports among the cheapest in Europe for the simple fact that they have something called Air Passenger Duty Tax. It is charged to people flying out of the UK and has increased in value by 539% since its implementation in 1993. The value is based on the distance of the flight, and Americans can expect to pay up to $110 in the economy and $215.60 in first class.
2nd — Competition between airlines
There’s also no surprise here. The greater the number of airlines serving a specific origin and destination, the lower the prices. That is why, despite the relatively low income of the people, some airports in Africa are so expensive, particularly those monopolized by state-owned companies.
3rd — Competition between airports
Airports, like airlines, can compete with one another. The presence of multiple airports in a single city may also result in one of them focusing on low-cost carriers.
Examples of airports focusing on low-cost airlines are Modlin (Warsaw, Poland), Gatwick (London, the UK), and Skavsta (Stockholm, Sweden).
4th — Exchange rate
If a country’s currency is devalued, fees and taxes (and even some airline tickets) priced in the local currency will be cheaper when quoted in dollars or euros.
The Cheapest Cities to Fly to In Europe: Conclusion
These are the 7 cheapest cities to fly to in Europe if you are departing from the other side of the Atlantic ocean:
7. Frankfurt, Germany. Airport: Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
6. Milan, Italy. Airports: Malpensa Airport (MXP) or Linate Airport (LIN)
5. Oslo, Norway. Airport: Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (OSL)
4. Lisbon, Portugal. Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)
3. Barcelona, Spain. Airport: Barcelona–El Prat Airport
2. Dublin, Ireland. Airports: Dublin Airport (DUB)
1. Reykjavík, Iceland. Airport: Keflavik Airport (KEF)