Holidaymakers planning to take flights to Thailand and other Asian destinations could benefit from the introduction of two new budget airlines.

Holidaymakers planning to take flights to Thailand and other Asian destinations could benefit from the introduction of two new budget airlines.Malaysia Airlines has announced that it plans to expand the operations of its budget subsidiary Firefly, which was launched in April 2007.In particular, the carrier will add larger craft to its fleet to compete with established airlines in the region such as AirAsia. At present, Firefly operates from Penang and Subang hubs initially and Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s main terminal building.

Firefly’s director Eddy Leong explained the airline will be offering new services to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia as well as expanding flights to Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s carrier Thai Airways is set launch a budget subsidiary in May next year. Thai Tiger will offer new routes within Thailand as well as entering into the international low-cost fare market.

Written by Alex Cochrane.

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