The Jakarta Post
An AirAsia X Airbus A340 jetliner is greeted upon its landing at the end of AirAsia X’s first flight from Kuala Lumpur to Paris at Paris' Orly Airport on Feb. 14, 2011. (Agence France -Presse/Eric Piermont)
AirAsia X has been named the world’s cheapest airline for international flights.
According to the 2018 Global Flight Price Ranking released by travel planning website Rome2Rio, the low cost carrier’s international flights cost 0.07 US cents per kilometer, making it the cheapest in the world.
For international flights, the top three rankings were dominated by Asian airlines, namely AirAsia X, Air India Express and Indonesia AirAsia.
Kirsteene Phelan, the chief operating officer of Rome2Rio told the Telegraph that the AirAsia Group dominated the rankings with three of its airlines in the top 20.
“Although Qantas (eighth) ranks highly for value, we are often seeing travelers from the UK to Asia and Australia booking with carriers such as Etihad (sixth), Royal Brunei Airlines (19th), China Southern (20th) and Emirates (25th),” said Phelan, “This suggests that while overall value may be high for one airline over another, specific route pricing can vary greatly and travelers need to be vigilant for deals to ensure the best price to their destination.”
As for domestic flights, Tigerair Australia was named the cheapest with 0.06 US cents/km followed by Jetstar with 0.08 US cents/km and Indonesia AirAsia with 0.09 US cents/km.
The ranking was compiled based on the airline price comparison on economy-class airfares displayed on the website in January and February.
“Airlines sometimes offer highly non-competitive fares for shopping queries, so for this analysis we included only fares that fell within two times the cheapest price available for each shopping query,” stated Rome2Rio, stressing that they only focused on economy-class for this study. (jes/wng)
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