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Malaysian Low Cost Airlines
by: Sophia

Malaysia’s very own Low Cost Airline has hit the region by storm. Its well deserved popularity comes from its low fares. There’s a catch though, Air Asia is a no frills airline. Nevertheless, if all you want is a trip to and fro, the low fares and the simplicity of Air Asia might just be the solution for you.


For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term “no frills”, it basically means that there’s nothing else attached to the ride. All food and drinks served on board comes with a price tag and there’s no in flight entertainment. In addition, the seating arrangements on Air Asia’s planes are a tad tight. There’s not much leg room so those of you who have legs that go up to your neck might have problems trying to manoeuvre into a comfortable position.


Despite all that, Air Asia still generates a large number of passengers because not many people are fussy about comfort when the prices are ridiculously low. In light of that, it is always wise to book your tickets early to avoid being disappointed. Another perk that comes with early purchase is lower prices. Tickets can go for as low as RM9.99 excluding airport tax. As the date of departure draws near, ticket prices increase.


So what happens when you book your flight early to later realize that you can’t make the date? A penalty fee of RM75 (one way) will be charged for passengers who wish to change the dates of departure and arrival. If you can’t make the trip at all, you can opt to transfer the ticket to another name but that would also come with a RM50 fee. Either way, it still is the cheaper (possibly the cheapest) way to fly.


Service on Air Asia’s flights are pretty decent. There’s the compulsory speech before and after every flight and the attendants do try their best to ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers. Comfort might not be something that can be helped though but its good to know that they try. During the flight, the attendants will make their rounds selling snacks and drinks. Since no outside food and drinks are allowed on board, it is possible that you might need to purchase these items from them if you are on a slightly longer flight.


Air Asia has many domestic and international routes. Countries that are accessible by Air Asia are Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and many more. All flights to and from Sepang will depart and land from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT). The terminal is not as fancy as KLIA but it serves its purpose. Passengers that are on international flights will still be able to purchase duty free items at a small duty free store within the terminal. In any case, with its gaining popularity, the low cost airline is rapidly expanding to other countries around the region and beyond. It’s a great way to travel if you’re an avid traveller on a budget.

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About The Author

Sophia, Writer for Malaysia
Sophia writes for Streetdirectory Malaysia. Robert J. Steiner manages & is an online gifts and flower site in Malaysia. Sophia is a music graduate from Trinity College London. In between classes, she still finds time to write movie and music reviews for various online and print publications. Now venturing into travel writing, she is able to blend both her passion for wordplay with her passion for travel. 

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