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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

World's safest low-cost airlines 2018 revealed

See which carriers made the AirlineRatings.com rankings - click through the slideshow below

Do you want to travel low-cost due to budget constraints, but are concerned about potential safety issues with airlines charging less for a ticket?

A new rankings list could put your mind at rest, as AirlineRatings.com, which rated the safety and in-flight product of 409 airlines, has revealed its top 10 safest low-cost airlines for the first time in its annual report.

In alphabetical order, these are: Aer Lingus, Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling, and Westjet.

The editorial team said each of the low-cost carriers that made the top 10 have excellent safety records and "unlike a number of low-cost carriers, these airlines have all passed the stringent International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA)".

It added: "To arrive at its Top 20 AirlineRatings.com takes into account the most important factors for safety that include; audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations; government audits; airline’s crash and serious incident record and the fleet age."

The website also revealed its top 20 safest airlines overall, including the likes of Etihad and Emirates.

See which other carriers made the cut in the slideshow below.

There were no commercial passenger jet fatalities in 2017, according to Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network.

There were, however, 44 fatalities onboard and 35 on the ground, including cargo planes and commercial passenger turboprop aircraft.

Seven airlines were given the lowest one-star rating for safety by AirlineRatings.com.

These can be see below:

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