Jetting around Asia is getting easier -- and cheaper -- thanks to a flood of low-fare airlines. USA TODAY's Gene Sloan profiles eight of the region's newest flying tigers.
Background: Backed by the UB Group, one of India's largest conglomerates, the fast-growing airline mimics JetBlue with upscale amenities, including personal video screens at every seat.
Hub: Mumbai, India
Serves: India (Bangalore, Delhi, Goa, Jaipur and more).
Sample fare: Delhi to Mumbai, $195 one way.
On the Web: flykingfisher.com
Background: Indian backers hope to tap soaring demand for domestic flights in India -- growing more than 25% a year. The airline just confirmed an order for 10 more Boeing 737s.
Hub: New Delhi
Serves: India (Bangalore, Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata and more).
Sample fare: Mumbai to Bangalore, $36 one way.
On the Web: spicejet.com
Jetstar Asia Airways
Background: An Asian offshoot of Jetstar, the low-cost domestic Australian airline owned by Qantas.
Serves: Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar).
Sample fare: Singapore to Hong Kong, $74 one way.
On the Web: jetstarasia.com
Background: Jetstar Asia took over the year-old start-up in July, but it continues to operate separately, with a focus on Indonesia.
Serves: Thailand, Indonesia.
Sample fare: Singapore to Jakarta, $49 one way.
On the Web: valuair.com
Background: A joint venture between Singapore Airlines, Ryanair founder Tony Ryan and former America West CEO William Franke.
Serves: Australia, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines.
Sample fare: Singapore to Guangzhou, China, $31 one way.
On the Web: tigerairways.com
Background: A low-cost spinoff of Thai Airways.
Serves: Thailand (Chiang Mai, Phuket, Udon Thani, Hat Yai, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang).
Sample fare: Bangkok to Chiang Mai, $27 one way.
On the Web: www.nokair.co.th
Background: A relaunch of an Asian carrier that failed in 2001, expanding at a blistering pace.
Hubs: Kuala Lumpur and Senai, Malaysia; Bangkok; Jakarta, Indonesia.
Serves: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Singapore.
Sample fare: Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta, $34 one way.
On the Web: airasia.com
Background: A low-fare offshoot of Orient Thai, which has operated as a charter airline in the region since the 1990s.
Serves: Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Surat Thani).
Sample fare: Bangkok to Phuket, $42 one way.
On the Web: fly12go.com
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Eight new carriers are the region's latest flying tigers.
Budget carrier Tiger Airways, an offshoot of Singapore Airlines, said Monday it will begin flying to the Indonesian city of Padang from May and has applied for landing rights in Jakarta and Medan.
Few countries have open-skies policies on routes to and from the US that would allow low-cost airlines to use popular routes such as New York-Tokyo. Instead, start-ups are often diverted to lesser...