Which airline to choose? Discover European airlines

A well-prepared traveller is well up on the subject of airlines, knows what kind of prices he/she can expect from different carries and generally have the finger on the pulse. One way of becoming a well-prepared traveller is to read the articles from the series “Which airline to choose?”.

This time we present to you three carriers which differ pretty much in terms of profile and targeted destinations.

TAP Portugal

We begin with the flag carrier from the sunny Portugal. This traditional airline – on the market since 1945 – is a Star Alliance member and the owner of two subsidiaries.  Over years the company has has been constantly developing its route network. Recently, it is the African segment of the route network that seems to be prioritized.   

Save for a variety of African destinations, TAP Portugal operates a big number of routes to a great deal of European cities as well as a several connections to Americas.

Let us take a look at the kind of affordable airfares that TAP Portugal offers. Unsurprisingly, the lowest fares are on the European routes, such as Lisbon Madrid from euro49 or Lisbon Barcelona from euro49. The lowest ticket price we have come across recently is for flights Lisbon/Porto – Madeira. A flight to this paradise island may be yours at the price of euro36.
If you travel from Lisbon or Porto, we suggest you keep an eye on the official page of TAP Portugal as the airline launches promo flights to selected European cities on regular basis.


Just as TAP, Finnair is also a flag carrier, but as opposed to its Portuguese counterpart, Finnair represent a way colder part of Europe – Finland. This carrier and a Oneworld member belongs to the most traditional airlines and can trace back its history to 1923.
Finnair connects Northern Europe with a rather big number of destinations worldwide. With its fleet consisting of 61 aircraft of type Boeing, Embraer and Airbus, Finnair offers flights to some 66 destinations. Most of them are accessible from the central hub – Airport Helsinki.

Finnair is by no meas a cheap carrier but among its offers one can from time to time spot some more affordable fares. Let us have a look. The best fares – around euro140 – are for domestic flights. Practically the same kind of price one will pay for a flight to St. Petersburg (from euro 135). Other European cities, e.g. London, Budapest or Frankfurt are up for grabs for below euro250. The prices are pretty stable and stay on the same level for a longer period of time. One more thing – these airfares are for all-inclusive for return trips.

Thomas Cook Airlines

Thomas Cook Airlines belongs a different niche of the aviation market. This British charter line which market itself using the name of the famous traveller is a young company created by the merger of of two other enterprises. Despite its short presence on the market, it operates a fleet which is by no means little: with its 44 aircraft the carrier flies to around 95 destinations. These numbers equal to those of more traditional carriers.

The airline targets the most popular leisure spots in the south of Europe. The names like Rhodes, Heraklion or Corfu leaves no doubt as to what are the favourite destinations of passengers of Thomas Cook Airlines.

Let us take a peep at some examples of airfares from this airline so you know what to expect in terms of travel expenses. This airline has got stable airfares ranging from around £30 to over £300. Good news to all low-budget travellers – airfares between £30 and £40 and are in plentiful supply. A few examples: London – Dalaman from £ 31.99, Birmingham – Antalya from £ 36.99 or Manchester – Bodrum starting at £ 38.99. These are all-inclusive one-way fares. It seems as though a getaway to sunny parts is within your reach.

We hope this short article gave you some insight into these known carriers.

Slawomir Budziak is interested in travelling mainly in aviation and interesting destinations. Author is also interested in low cost airlines and helps with the development of WhichAirline.com.

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