Air Travel, Kuala Lumpur
Air Asia has the best rates I have found in and around SE Asia and Thailand.
I usually fly last minute and 1-way (cause who knows where I'll want to go next) And have always gotten a great price with Air Asia.
Recently, I even booked the same day and got 1-way fare KL to Phuket for $57 USD. Nok Air and Bangkok Air are very competitive as well. But, for me, Air Asia has larger routes (more cities serviced).
The planes are well kept and free seating (like SouthWest in the states)
1 thing to watch out for - all the Asia carriers (Thai Air included) have a 15 kg luggage limitation and charge 5-7 RGT per kg over. So your luggage could be more expensive then your person. If you are returning to an area and do not need all your baggage check with your hotel or lockers at the airport for leaving it behind.
KL's airport is brand new, sparkling clean, spacious, and has nice shopping. However it's spread out (long walks to gates.) kind of reminds me of the Austin, Texas Airport in the US. Very similar architecture.
The airport is at least a 1 hour drive from KL (1 hr. without traffic) And there is not too much near it (rather rural) So if you are there for just a few hours, you probably do not have enough time to go anywhere.
But it has all the conveniences of any major airport - Lockers, shopping, internet access, etc.
If I ever had to live in KL , I think Air Asia would be my favourite airline hehehehe. The prices of tickets is so low anyone can afford to fly. The flight is not bad and you gotta pay for food like every budget airline. The only problem with Air Asia is that many a time they are delayed and that has stuck with them. So if you have a connecting flight to somewhere else , rather book a earlier flight with Air Asia just incase they delayed and end up like me running like you can`t image ending up late for my other flight.
I would fly with them again if in Malaysia or Indonesia , the staff is friendly and I`ll say a good service all round accept for the delaying part.
I flew from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur with Airasia and used the same company for some more trips in South east Asia.
What I can say is that they are really convenient and reliable, just very slow in check in so, you should really be in the airport 2 hours before the departure.
Kuala Lumpur has 2 airports, Airasia departs and land in Kuala Lumpur Low cost Companies, it is not just for internal flights, infact I used the same airport also to go to Philippines.
You do not have any bus taking you from the aircraft to the airport, but in case of rain there will be some nice attendants giving you airasia umbrellas.
Inspite of the emergence of low fare, no frills airlines, I still prefer the major flag carrier - Malaysia Airlines.
They serve hot, good-tasting food. I was also surprised that I was given a glass of orange juice soon after we were airborne. Normally, this practice is for first and business class passengers only and not for those in the economy class.
Air Asia is a budget airline... It is to be noted that "budget" price air-ticket is only available when you book 2 or 3 months in advance.. and only on not so popular routes... The flight times are not so ideal and you may have to travel at rather odd hours of the day...and brace yourself for flight delays... Being a budget airline, no in-flight service is provided but you may purchase food and refreshments in-flight... The good thing is that these are reasonable priced...
The airline flies not only domestic routes but regional routes as well...
Booking is thru the internet and booking office at the airports... But beware, sometimes you may be charged for double for your flights (system glickes)... and it will take you months to get a refund (if you get it at all)...
Golfers are also reminded that they have to pay RM25 for their golf bags, which are carried free by full-service airlines...
We got a good deal with Air Malaysia and decided to fly with them. It was our first time with Malaysian Air and if you have the choice due to a good travel deal then I would highly recommend them. The service was fantastic, food and wine good and inflight shopping great as well :o)
It was amazing to see such a huge airport upon landing in KL :o) .....It was also our first experience on an airport train. Fancy that?....utilising a train because the airport is so big!! :o)
The only fault with KLIA is that on the way back.....remember to do all your duty free shopping before actually going through the customs check in. We made that mistake.....and once checked in there are not many duty free shops. Perth is the other way around......the major duty free shops are 'after' you pass the customs check in.
Kuala Lumpur is indeed a city of contrasts, the super sleek airport, twin towers, and golden triangle versus the Bangkok-esque Puduraya bus station, Chow Kit, and Chinatown areas.
KLIA is as nice an airport as you will find anywhere. The only drawback it that it is quite FAR from the city... (if luggage is light, the train would be the best way to transit to city centre...)
Air Asia is the main budget airline in Asia and is situated in Kuala Lumpur.
They have flights to most parts of Asia and even to Europe and New zealand too.
It´s a budget airline but their standards are well above most budget airlines and i really like flying them.
The chairman of Air Asia is a malaysian guy called Tony Fernandes who has previously worked for Virgin and you can see that Branson touch there and i think that is cool.
How to arrive in Kuala Lumpur is a bit of a predicament if coming from Singapore. Considering the fact that the KL airport is 70km away from the center it does not make lots of sense to fly unless using AirAsia because of its inexpensive tickets. Once on the ground there are several options but AirAsia’s connections are again the best so you might even consider buying their bus transfer ticket as part of the airplane ticket and thus save same ringgits along the way. There are trains but apparently to get to them one has to board a bus first and then change somewhere down the road which makes it nonsense. The trains are better suited to the main airport terminal, not the low cost one where the base of AirAsia is. In the other direction, reaching the airport from downtown KL, there is the option of going all the way to the airport by taxi as well. The bus or train collection point downtown is KL Central (railway station) and naturally there is a need of a taxi ride to reach it. Despite the many warnings that taxis are metered and beyond any haggling, the magic still happens – the driver would offer a price for a ride all the way to the airport. Once in the comfortable environment of an air-conditioned car one starts to think of this possibility but saying yes as slowly as possible is going to lower the price to a very “competitive” rate – 40USD for 70 km suddenly sounds like a bargain.
Other than surfing the www.asia.com and purchase your ticket online. If you are happens to be in KL Central, you may purchase the ticket here as there is an Air Asia counter here. It is very convinient as after purchasing the ticket you can proceed to the airport via the airport coaches or even the KLIA Express.
The LCCT is specifically built at KL International Airport to cater to the growing passengers of the Low Cost Airlines especially the passengers of Malaysia's first `no frills' airline, Air Asia. It is located 20km away from the KLIA Main Terminal Building (MTB).
The 35,290 square metres terminal is designed to suit the Low Cost Carrier business model that requires basic terminal facilites and amenities. With this in mind, the terminal is designed to facilitate the passengers' movement of internal and domestic departures / arrivals within a single floor operation area.
Shuttle services are available to transfer passengers between the LCCT and the MTB, vice versa.
The LCCT is has common facilities and amenities for the convenience of the passengers and users of the terminal. Retail and F&B outlets are located at the Public Concourse and at Departure and Arrival Halls for both International and Domestic areas. Duty Free shops are available at the International Arrival & Departure Lounges.
Recent addition to the LCCT is the check-in kiosk. You can check-in yourself at these terminals by keying in your name and ticket confirmation number. Just a snap and you will get your boarding pass printed out. For domestic flight, there's even web check-in. It's really more convenient and easier now. You can check in via web 6 hours before departure.
By Air: KLIA - Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the super-modern hub to KL and Malaysia. Major airlines from all over the world fly to this new airport, some 80 km outside KL.
by public bus: to Nilai commuter station for 2,50 RM, commuter train to KL Sentral for 4,50 RM; approximately 2 h;
by express bus: several routes for 10 (STAR LRT station) to 25 RM (hotels in KL);
by KLIA express: for 35 RM, in 28 min to KL Sentral!
by taxi: to the centre for about 60 RM in 1 1/2 h
If you are arriving in KL via Air Asia which has some really good bargains from time to time, bear in mind that it arrives and departs from a different airport to the international KLIA.
The airport for Air Asia is LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal). There is no train services from KL LCCT however you can get the bus to the KLIA if you want, or just do like we did and get a taxi into the city.
All the information you need to know about the airports etc can be found on the link below.
Update 2013 - Air Asia will be moving next door to KLIA in May 2013. They will be arriving and departing from KLIA2 which is good news to those that want to avail themselves of the fast train into Kuala Lumpur.
Air Asia is a budget carrier with cheap, no-frills flights around Malaysia and beyond.
If you are flying Air Asia to KL you will land at the LLCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal) which is completely separate from KL's International Airport.