Two pieces of news from low cost carriers around the world:
–Air Asia, the Malaysian low-cost juggernaut, announced $25 flights from Bangkok to Macau. This marks the carriers continued expansion outside of Malaysia, bringing low fares to the former Portuguese colony for the first time.
–CNN has a nice overview of the strong aviation market in the Middle East. As Americans have stayed away from traveling in the Middle East (mostly because we, as a whole, have no concept of geography), carriers based in the region have thrived. One of the new kids on that block is Air Arabia, which offers low fares from just outside of Dubai (Sharjah) to cities in the region (if you go to their website, the fares on the front page are listed in AED, which convert at 3.7 to the US Dollar). While this may mean nothing to you, the airline offers $79 one-way flights from Sharjah to Khartoum, Sudan. You may ask yourself whether you’d fly that route for $9 one-way. Good question. But that’s besides the point. If you need to fly from Dubai to Tehran, Khartoum, Colombo, or Damascus these guys’ll get ya there cheap. You probably don’t need to fly from Dubai to Tehran, but I find it’s nice to know that I can.