It appears too good to be true – a short hop to Reykavik from Gatwick for £30; a flight from St Petersburg to Stansted for £23 and even one way to Chicago for £140.

Budget travel is no longer just the preserve of the short journey. While Ryanair and easyJet have made their timetable of short hops around Europe synonymous with cheap fares, the number of long-haul operators offering low-cost journeys to more far-flung destinations has grown in recent years.

Aeroflot subsidiary Pobeda Airlines, WOW Air, which is owned by Icelandic, German operator Eurowings and Norwegian Airlines are among those that have emerged, promising to make your money travel further.

But with the promise of great savings come the catches. Checking in luggage is done at a price, getting something to eat on board will typically not be free and booking fees can also add to the cost.

So is taking the cheaper option to fly a long distance worth the hassle? Or will the bill end up being the same – or, worse, exceed the traditional operators’?

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