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Friday, March 6, 2009

Asian budget airlines launch price war

Amid the global economic downturn Singapore-based Tiger Airways, which flies to destinations in Southeast Asia, Australia and China, announced Tuesday 3rd March 2009 it would launch summer fares starting at about 16 US dollars, including taxes. Jetstar Asia, another Singapore-based budget airline, said it had extended until August 16 a promotion to beat the cheapest price offered by rivals. Under the promotion, should a traveller find another published online fare cheaper than the lowest available on, the airline will beat the price by 10 percent if the customer makes an instant reservation by phone.

Malaysian budget airline AirAsia also has its "take me away" promotion which offers is a one-way flight from Singapore to Bangkok starting from 43 dollars, inclusive of taxes, for travel from March 23 to September 11. It is also offering a number of tickets starting from 26 cents for travel within Malaysia. Comparatively, a return flight to Bangkok on Singapore Airlines costs 337 dollars, inclusive of taxes. Thailand's Nok Air is offering one-way fares for as low as 25 cents, excluding taxes and fees, for domestic flights for those travelling from May 15 to September 30. Indonesia's Lion Air is selling a one-way trip from Singapore to Bali for as low as 5.80 dollars for travel from June 1 to September 30, according to its website.


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