Most people, particularly regular air travellers that like to save a few euro, will opt for a low-cost airline when it comes to flying out of the country, or even around it. This is usually the cheapest option available.

Flight finder has carried out a study to find out which airline is regularly the cheapest when pricing their tickets for the routes that they operate. Results show that Ryanair marginally beats its main rival Easyjet for being the most economical airline most of the time.

There is not much difference between them really, although they like to battle it out on the marketing and advertising field to try and convince the consumer that they are the cheapest and not the other.

Ryanair, the biggest airline in Spain in terms of passenger numbers for the last 4 years, has ousted Easyjet from the top spot to consistently become the cheapest airline with 54.6% of the time. Easyjet is in second place with 54.5%.

This means that when a certain route is advertised, Ryanair is the cheapest option more than half the time.

After years of bad press and a loss in profits and passengers, Michael O’Leary has finally realised that he has to clean up his act unless he wants to lose even more money and credibility, which is probably why he now sits at the number one position.

As well as reinventing his airline, its policies and its attitude towards its customers, O’Leary has also launched a full-scale sales offensive where prices have been reduced and aggressive offers and promotions launched.

The factor that has mainly worked in Ryanair’s favour is reducing all the added extras, such as being charged for not printing out your boarding pass and other ridiculous charges, to a minimum.

Way behind the two leaders Ryanair and Easyjet are the rest of the low-cost airlines are Transvia (34.6%), Turkish airline Pegasus (28.4%), Iberia (17.6%), US Airways (15.5%), Spanish airlines Air Europa (15%) and Vueling (15%).

In many cases, the traditional airlines such as Iberia were the only option for certain destinations, in which case they were the cheapest, whilst in others, the fact that passengers do not have to pay for suitcases and other extras made them the most economical.