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Cheap Airlines in Southeast Asia - A Complete List

 
 

The cheapest way to hop around Asia is to develop an intimate relationship with the region's budget airlines. You don't have to stick to just one; in fact, you'll often save more money if you combine flights from multiple cheap carriers. Here we list all the cheap airlines operating in Southeast Asia-plus their international and domestic destinations-to help you plan your itinerary.

Hong Kong

There is one budget airline currently headquartered in Hong Kong.

Airline name: Hong Kong Express
Airline Code:
UO (IATA) or HKE (ICAO)

International destinations:
Thailand – Chiang Mai, Phuket
Malaysia – Kota Kinabalu, Penang
China – Kunming
Japan – Tokyo Haneda, Osaka
Taiwan – Taichung



Myanmar

There is one budget airline in Myanmar, flying to three countries.

Airline name: Golden Myanmar Airlines
Airline Code: Y5 (IATA) or GMR (ICAO)

International destinations:
Singapore – Singapore Changi Airport
Thailand – Bangkok
India – Gaya, Imphal

Domestic destinations:
Mandalay
Naypyidaw
Yangon

Indonesia

Indonesia has four (4) budget airlines.

1. Airline name: Citilink (Domestic flights only)
Airline Code: QG (IATA) or CTV (ICAO)

Domestic destinations:
Bali, Bandung Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta and Jakarta-Halim Airports),
Lombok, Malang, Semarang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta,
Kupang, Batam, Bengkulu, Jambi, Medan, Padang,
Pangkal Pinang, Palembang, Pekanbaru, Tanjung Pandan,
Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, Makassar, Ambon

2. Airline name: Indonesia AirAsia
Airline Code: QZ (IATA) or AWQ (ICAO)

International destinations:
Australia – Perth, Darwin
Malaysia – Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Singapore – Singapore Changi
Thailand  – Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi

Domestic destinations:    
Bandung
Denpasar/Bali
Jakarta
Makassar
Medan
Pekanbaru
Semarang
Surabaya
Yogyakarta

3. Airline name: Lion Air
Airline Code: JT (IATA) or LNI (ICAO)

International destinations:
Malaysia – Alor Setar, Johor Bahru,  Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur, Subang, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Penang, Sibu
Singapore – Singapore Changi
Thailand – Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai
Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh
Philippines – Davao (Seasonal Charter)
Bangladesh – Dhaka, Chittagong
India – Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Tiruchirappalli
Saudi Arabia – Jeddah (Seasonal)

Domestic destinations:
Ambon, Balikpapan, Banda Aceh , Bandar Lampung, Bandung,
Banjarmasin, Batam, Banyuwangi, Bau-Bau, Bengkulu, Berau,
Bima, Buli, Denpasar, Ende, Fakfak , Gorontalo,
Gunung Sitoli, Jakarta, Jambi, Jayapura, Kaimana,
Kendari, Kupang, Tual, Kotabaru, Labuan Bajo,
Labuha, Lombok, Luwuk, Mamuju, Makassar,
Malang, Manado, Manokwari, Maumere, Melonguane,
Meulaboh, Medan, Merauke, Naha, Nabire, Padang ,
Palangkaraya, Palembang, Palu, Pangkalpinang
Pekanbaru, Pontianak, Poso, Semarang, Solo, Sorong,
Surabaya, Tahuna, Tambolaka, Tanjung Pinang, Tarakan,
Tanjung Pandan, Ternate, Tobelo, Waingapu, Yogyakarta

4. Airline name: TigerAir Mandala (formerly called Mandala Airlines)
Airline Code: RI (IATA) / MDL (ICAO)

International destinations:
Hong Kong – Hong Kong International Airport
Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Singapore – Singapore Changi Airport
Thailand – Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi Airport
Australia – Perth (starting July 2014)

Domestic destinations:
Jakarta            
Bandung
Surabaya
Yogyakarta
Bali
Medan
Palembang
Pekanbaru

Malaysia

Like Indonesia, Malaysia is also home to a number of budget flight carriers.

1. Airline name: Firefly
Airline Code: FY (IATA) / FFM (ICAO)

International destinations:
Indonesia – Batam, Banda Aceh, Medan, Pekanbaru
Singapore – Singapore Changi Airport
Thailand – Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket

Domestic destinations:
Subang
Penang
Johor Bahru
Kota Bharu
Alor Setar
Ipoh
Kerteh
Kuala Terengganu
Kuantan
Langkawi

2. Airline name: Malindo Air
Airline Code: OD (IATA) / MXD (ICAO)

International destinations:
Bangladesh – Chittagong, Dhaka
India – Ahmedabad, Kochi, Delhi, Mumbai, Tiruchirappalli,
Indonesia – Batam, Denpasar, Jakarta
Thailand – Bangkok

Domestic flights:  
Kuala Lumpur
Subang
Alor Setar
Johor Bahru
Langkawi
Kota Bharu
Kota Kinabalu
Kuala Terengganu
Kuching
Penang
Sibu

3. Airline name: Air Asia X
Airline Code: D7 (IATA) / XAX (ICAO)

Planned international destinations:
China – Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Wuhan, Shenyang
Japan – Osaka
Saudi Arabia – Jeddah
Turkey – Istanbul
Australia – Sydney

4. Airline name: Air Asia
Airline Code: AK (IATA) / AXM (ICAO)

Air Asia is one of Asia’s biggest budget airlines in Asia, with over 140 routes and 400 daily flights. Check the complete list of its destinations here.

Philippines

To reach the Philippines from other countries, you typically need to fly into Manila and then take a budget airline to reach the island-beaches.

1. Airline name: AirAsia Zest
Airline Code: Z2 (IATA) / EZD (ICAO)

International destinations:
South Korea – Busan, Seoul
Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur

Domestic destinations:
Bacolod
Cagayan de Oro
Cebu
Davao
Iloilo
Kalibo
Manila
Puerto Princesa
Tacloban
Tagbilaran

2. Airline name: Cebu Pacific
Airline Code: 5J (IATA) / CEB (ICAO)

International destinations :
Brunei – Bandar Seri Begawan
Cambodia – Siem Reap
China – Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen
Hong Kong
Indonesia – Denpasar, Jakarta
Japan – Osaka, Nagoya (starts March 2014), Tokyo (starts March 2014)
Macau
Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu
Singapore
South Korea – Busan, Seoul
Taiwan – Taipei
Thailand – Bangkok, Phuket
United Arab Emirates – Dubai
Vietnam – Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh

Domestic destinations:
Bacolod, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin,
Caticlan, Cauayan, Cebu, Clark, Cotabato, Davao,
Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos , Iloilo, Kalibo,
Laoag, Legazpi, Manila, Masbate, Naga, Ozamiz,
Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, San Jose, Siargao,
Surigao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Tawi-Tawi,
Tuguegarao, Virac, Zamboanga

3. Airline name: PAL Express (This is the budget airline of the Philippine flag carrier—Philippine Airlines)
Airline Code: 2P (IATA) / GAP (ICAO)

International destinations:
United Arab Emirates – Dubai
China – Hangzhou, Shanghai
Hong Kong
Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur
Singapore

Domestic destinations:
Bacolod, Basco, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro,
Calbayog, Catarman, Caticlan, Cebu, Cotabato
Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo
Jolo, Kalibo, Laoag, Legazpi, Manila, Masbate, Naga
Ozamiz, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, Surigao, Tacloban
Tagbilaran, Tawi-Tawi, Tuguegarao, Zamboanga

4. Airline name: Tiger Air
Airline Code: DG (IATA) / SRQ (ICAO)

International destinations :

China – Shenzhen
Hong Kong
Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur
Singapore
Thailand – Bangkok, Phuket

Domestic destinations:
Clark
Manila
Puerto Princesa
Bacolod
Cebu
Iloilo
Kalibo/Boracay
Tacloban
Davao

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