With the advent of so many budget airlines now sharing the sky with the full-service carriers flying has never been cheaper! Let’s check the best 5!
5. Probably the most well-known airline on this list, Air Asia pioneered the low-budget flight industry. Their tagline “Now everybody can fly” is very apt, as their promo fares can be as low as 200MYR (£1) for a domestic flight within Malaysia. Nowadays, there are Thai Air Asia and Indonesia Air Asia offshoots, but it all began in Kuala Lumpur. Routes to Far East, the east coast of India, and even once upon a time as far away as to London, all help keep Air Asia at the forefront of flyers’ minds when they are looking for some cheap fares. They also own the Tune Hotels brand!
4. Lion Air didn’t used to have the best reputation until recently, but a fleet modernisation has helped it develop a better image, and is now one of the most important airlines in the whole of Indonesia, and make Garuda keep their own costs down! Lion Air fly mainly domestic routes, but they do also fly to Vietnam and occasionally to Saudi Arabia for Hajj.
3. Peach have always been one of my favourite low-budget airlines. I simply love the livery and the name of the airline! They fly very low fares all over Japan domestically, and also from Osaka to Hong Kong and Seoul, which alleviates some of the other high cost flights available on those routes. You can always be sure of a safe and comfortable flight with Peach.
2. Scoot is owned by Singapore Airlines and has a great brand image. Their aircraft are highly decorated in yellow and white, whereas their cabin crew are dressed in yellow and black. Scoot are one of the new budget airlines that fly medium haul routes (as opposed to just short routes), and this is evident with flights from Singapore to Sydney, Gold Coast, Seoul, Taipei, and Tokyo. It is rumoured that one day soon Scoot will fly to the Middle-East, probably Dubai.
1. My favourite low-cost airline in Asia would have to be Thai Smile. It is the low-cost arm of Thai Airways, as you can see from the identical livery. Thai Smile fly to many regional locations, such as Laos, Cambodia, southern China, and most domestic airports in Thailand. Fares are very competitive and the cabin crew are very well-trained. I always take the opportunity to fly with Thai Smile whenever I can, and their full cabins prove that most people must think the same as me!
Have you flown with a budget airline within Asia? Which was your favourite? Which was your WORST?