Air travel has changed immeasurably over the past two decades. There are now so many more considerations when choosing your airline, not least because of the rise of the no-frills carriers - a boom which was started by Ryanair, which was founded in 1985 but didn't really take off (if you excuse the pun) until the deregulation of the airline industry by the EU in 1992.
The Irish airline was quickly followed by the second most popular low cost airline, Easyjet, in 1995. The model of charging for extras was gradually adopted by other airlines with many of the traditional airlines such as British Airways now only offering inclusive meals and baggage on long-haul flights.
The traditional charter airlines operated by travel companies such as Thomson and Thomas Cook also entered the budget airline market by offering flight only tickets and adopting the same chargeable extras which now extend to things like priority boarding.
Ryanair is now Europe's second largest airline group after Lufthansa, but the rest of the top ten of the world's biggest airlines is dominated by US carriers (the top 4) and China (3 of the 10), with the merged Air France-KLM company the only other one to get a look-in, occupying eighth place below Ryanair in seventh.
The biggest UK airline offering travel beyond short haul options is British Airways. This flagship carrier provides worldwide flights to far-flung countries such as New Zealand, Australia, the USA and the Caribbean.
Many UK airlines also offer some flights between destinations closer to home. Regional UK airports are connected by domestic flights which can be cheaper than travelling by rail or car.
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