Rapid economic expansion in the ASEAN Region propels ASEAN Airlines to profitability. By 2015, open skies deregulation will allow ASEAN airlines access to new markets. Within 20 years, one-third of all air traffic will be from Asia Pacific.
ASEAN also boasts of having some of the best, well-run airlines in the world (3 star and above rankings). Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines enjoy 5 star rankings, followed by 4 star ranking Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, SilkAir, and Garuda Indonesia.
ASEAN is served by numerous airlines. Hence, airfares to the region are extremely competitive. Discount airlines have emerged making airfares within ASEAN, some of the lowest in the world. For example, both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Airlines offer the cheapest rates between the Philippines and neighboring ASEAN countries.
Here's a sample of comparative rates for economy, lowest fair roundtrip between airlines of the Philippines and airlines of Singapore from August 29 to September 3, 2012.
Philippines vs. Singapore - $USD economy - lowest fare - Roundtrip
Manila (Philippines) to Singapore - $171.25 on Philippine Airlines vs. $465.44 on Singapore Airlines
Manila to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) - $155.05 vs. $222.64
Manila to Bandar (Brunei) - $214.23 vs. $385.44
Manila to Hanoi (Vietnam) - $178.19 vs. $577.60
Manila to Bangkok (Thailand) - $155.15 vs. $392.48
Manila to Jakarta (Indonesia) - $184 vs. $617.44
Manila to Siem Reap (Cambodia) - $212.91 vs. $426.72
Malaysia - AirAsia
Myanmar: Air Bagan
Myanmar Airways International
Philippines: Cebu Pacific Air
Singapore: Jetstar Asia Airways
Singapore: Tiger Airways
Thailand: Bangkok Airways
Thailand: Nok Airlines