Competition in the Asian air market

Airasia provides flights as far as Tehran in the north, Mauritius in the East.  Cities alike Colombo, Da Nang, Goa, Kalibo are for sea lovers.  Yongon, along the Yongon River, temple and cathedral both exist in this city.  Phnom Penh and Vietiane are the down and up part of cities along the Meigong River, which connects to Lancang River in China. Dhaka, the South Asian city on the top part of the map is seldom explored for its mountains, while Kathmandu is popular for hikers.  Siem Reap is a stop to visit the heritage Angkov Wat.  In Japan, Osaka is a place to visit Buddist temple.

Airasia has flights to popular tourist places such as Phuket, Pe Nang, Langkawi, Krabi along the strait of Malacca; to the centralized triangle cities for diving, namely Miri, Kota Kinabula and Tawau; to the west, Male of Maldives, the pearl of Indian Sea.

Everything seems so good now. Let me tell you I paid $198 for return trip from Singapore to Male by Tigerair.  I paid $80 for a flight from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lampur by  Malindoair. What happened to Airasia fare now? I checked the same date of 5 February from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lampur, Airasia charges $117. Airasia charges $164 one way from Kuala Lampur to Male on 13th Dec, which is almost double my flight on 11th Dec. Airasia does not have a flight to Male on 11th or 12th.

A flight for Gold Coast to Phuket may cost $239, while a back flight from Chiang Mai to Gold Coast may cost $400. Singapore airline would charge a little higher than $400 for Chiang Mai to Brisbane. So you would be happy to take the Singapore airline.

I happenly had an issue with the payment on the My computer noticed me there is a safety issue, someone may steal your bank info.  When I clicked backward a few steps, then I found a booking reference said they would send me confirmation when your payment got confirmed from bank.  

It seems that this new company Malindoair is developing new routes to Chiang Mai, Miri, Medan, Hanoi, Taipei.  The domestic fare is very cheap. They provide travel packages. On Facebook, there was a customer feedback of wrong itinerary print out, also delay and bad customer services, all sorts of things. Quite scary!

Checked Flyscoot also today, its booking system does not work. Flyscoot started flight from  Singapore to HK for the Chinese market. I once had a wrong itinerary from online booking and lost money in the booking. Their service counter inside the custom office charges $40 for boarding pass handling fee, so I have to check out and check in again.

I have not got issues with jetstar and Airasia yet. Sometime you can not go for the cheap tickets.


Author: Cathy Tsui

Entrepreneur in wine and gifts. Importer and Exporter. Promotional products consultant; Italian shop owner; wine specialist; WSET certificate; self-media; wine talk show, "Let's taste some wine!" Those are old stories now. I am now an inspiring travel agent.

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