AirAsia Won’t Always Be Able to Fly More Cheaply Than Its Budget Rivals

Bloomberg  / Goh Seng Chong

An aircraft operated by AirAsia X taxis past a Malaysian Airline aircraft on the runway. The budget airline’s biggest money-saving secret is that it has kept its fees paid to airport fees, ground operations, and air traffic control, much lower than its rivals like Ryanair and Easyjet have. Bloomberg / Goh Seng Chong

Skift Take: For 16 years the Malaysian carrier has grown by keeping its costs lower than its competitors have. But AirAsia may see its wings clipped as it faces a price war led by savvy new regional players, such as Malindo Air, a Malaysian airline launched in 2013.

— Sean O’Neill

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