Archive for August, 2006

The RyanAir Equivalent in Asia

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Through my travels I’ve learned that Ryanair and EasyJet are the cheapest for flying within Europe – just as Southwest and JetBlue are for the United States.

But, what about Asia? If I wanted to hop around to Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok, Shanghai and Tokyo, what are the good, low-cost airlines for that? I asked around and the overall consensus was AirAsia.

I ran a query on AirAsia for Bangkok to Singapore (r/t) in mid-October and they wanted just $135 after taxes, not bad. As it turns out, AirAsia, based in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Jakarta, has the largest fleet of aircraft serving Southeast Asia and China. They’re also the Official Low Fare Airline of Manchester United – I wonder how much that licensing deal was!

Other airlines mentioned and worth considering are…
DragonAir
Tiger Airways
Lion Air
ValueAir

Here’s a good list of all the budget airlines that serve Asia.

Air Asia