Flying by air happens to be one of the best means of getting to your destination! These days, hopping on a plane is a given especially for trips that will take you from the West to the East. If you are bound for Southeast Asia and you are looking forward to touring the entire region, you can actually save money on your plane tickets! From your country of origin, purchase the cheapest ticket to a country in the region such as Singapore or Bangkok. But for flying around the region, book your flights on a regional carrier which, in most cases, has a lower cost.
In Southeast Asia, there are a lot of carriers that will take you from one destination to another without charging you a fortune. In fact, flights within the region can be less than $100, which means huge savings and more money to spend. Here’s a rundown of South East Asia’s carriers that you should consider when planning a trip to the region.
Air Asia. Considered to be the airline which rules low cost travel in South East Asia, this carrier is deemed to be the equivalent of Ryanair in Europe and Southwest Airlines in the US. With a route network that spans 20 countries, this airline is no doubt the dominant carrier in the region. Although Air Asia’s routes are especially strong in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, it operates in all countries in Southeast Asia except for East Timor. This airline reaches out to countries deeper into Asia including Sri Lanka’s Colombo, Macau, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Clark in the Philippines and Taipei in Taiwan. However, Air Asia’s reach doesn’t end there because it has flight to Abu Dhabi, Perth and Melbourne in Australia and even London. This airline’s flights claim to be on time but they usually change departure time on the day before the flight. So, if you decide to fly with them, be sure to check your departure time before the date of your flight just to be on the safe side.
Bangkok Air. Positioning itself as Asia’s airline with the qualities of a boutique, Asia’s Boutique Airline is known for its excellent service that lives up to its slogan. Bangkok Air has a complimentary snack buffet and juice bar in Bangkok for passengers who are waiting for their flight. This Thai airline’s major routes go to and from Bangkok to and from popular destinations in the country such as Chiang Mai, Samui, Phuket and Trat. But it also flies to Male in Maldives, Xian in China, Luang Prabang in Laos an in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Firefly. This Malaysian airline has hubs in Subang Airport, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Kerteh, Langkawi, Alor Setar and Kuala Terengganu. Aside from these routes, this carrier also delivers passengers to regional destinations such as Indonesia and Thailand and Singapore. Beach lovers who are bound for Malaysia would appreciate the Phuket to/from Penang route as well as the Koh Samui to/from Subang route. If you fancy a trip to Sumatra, Indonesia, this carrier is truly for you.
Cebu Pacific Air. Through its expansion in the recent years and its efforts to offer low cost flights, this airline has grown to be the leading domestic carrier in the Philippines. One of the best things about this airline company is that you can get reasonably-priced seats even if you are going to purchase a ticket to a popular destination on the flight dat. International flights offered by this carrier include Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. Beach lovers who want a quick trip to the country can take the Singapore to Cebu route. However, be warned that there’s a huge possibility that your departure time will be delayed by at least an hour.