Budget Airlines Operating in China

The major budget airlines operating in Asia are opening more and more routes into mainland China. This page gives an overview of the budget airlines operating in China and the routes they service. For more specific information about prices, see the transport pages for the individual cities in China.

Air Asia

Air Asia PlaneThe Malaysia-based Air Asia is the budget airline servicing the most destinations in China. Currently they have flights to Tianjin (for Beijing), Hangzhou (for Shanghai), Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Guilin and Haikou. Comparatively speaking, flights to China aren’t as cheap as other routes on Air Asia, but are still good value. Some destinations in China have convenient transfers in Kuala Lumpur to final destinations including Australia and France. However, unless you manage to get a ‘promo’ fare, this is usually no cheaper than flying on a full-service airline.
Tianjin: To/From Kuala Lumpur only. Flights five times per week. Convenient “fly-thru” connection to Paris.
Hangzhou: Daily flights to/from Kuala Lumpur. Convenient “fly-thru” connections to Paris, the Gold Coast, Phuket, Jakarta and Singapore.
Guangzhou: Daily flights to/from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.
Shenzhen: Daily flights to/from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinbalu and Bangkok.
Chengdu: Five flights per week to/from Kuala Lumpur. Convenient “fly-thru” connections to Paris, the Gold Coast, Perth and Phuket.
Guilin: Four flights per week to/from Kuala Lumpur.
Haikou: Three flights per week to/from Kuala Lumpur.
Chongqing: Daily flights to/from Bangkok.

Jetstar Pacific

Jetstar Pacific services just a few destinations in China: Guilin, Haikou and Shantou. Prices are generally around $150 one-way including taxes.

Tiger Airways

Tiger Airways also has flights between Singapore and Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Haikou. Prices aren’t a whole lot cheaper than what you pay on full-service airlines.