Asia is arguably the world region that is growing the fastest in terms of air travel. The region is home to some of the biggest and fastest growing airlines in the world. There is constantly so much going on that it is almost hard to keep up with the news and updates. Also along with large and growing airlines the continent is home to some of the busiest airports. Let’s recap what is to stay up to date with.

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The Airlines in Asia and Their Peculiarities

Asia is home to some of the most interesting airlines in the world. The market is home to a huge number of carriers both:

  • Full service airlines
  • Low cost carriers

The full service airlines in the region have different core businesses depending on their geographical position. Southeast Asian airlines have become over the decades particularly specialised in connecting Europe to tourist destinations in the region along with Australia and New Zealand.

These are airlines such as:

On the other hand airlines located in the far east have become specialised in connecting east Asia to the financial maga cities in Japan Korea and China to the US and Europe. These are airlines such as:

  • Korean Air
  • JAL
  • ANA
  • Air China
  • China Southern
  • China Eastern
  • China Airlines

And of course there is the Indian subcontinent. The dynamics of this region are quite unique. The aviation market is growing constantly and will probably be growing heavily and constantly for the coming decades in India. The country has both a huge domestic market along with great demand for international travel to regions with large expat communities such as:

  • Europe
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Australia

What India has been missing in the past years is an airline capable of taking over a significant chunk of incoming international travel towards India. That should be all about to change with the ambitious plan to power up Air India and merge it with the other country’s full service airline Vistara.

What makes Asia interesting in terms of aviation?

Which Are The National Carriers in Asia?

CountryFlag Carrier
AfganistanAriana Afgan Logo Ariana Afgan
BangladeshBiman Logo Biman Bangladesh
BhutanDrukair Logo Drukair
BruneiJetstar Logo Royal Brunei Airlines
CambodiaCambodia Angkor Air Logo Cambodia Angkor Air
ChinaAir China Logo Air China
IndiaAir India Logo Air India
IndonesiaGaruda Indonesia Logo Garuda Indonesia
IranIranAir Logo Iran Air
IraqIraqi Airways Logo Iraqi Airways
JapanJAL Logo JAL
LaosLao Airlines Logo Lao Airlines
MalaysiaMalaysia Airlines Logo Malaysia Airlines
MaldivesMaldivian Logo Maldivian
Mongoliaimage Logo MIAT
MyanmarMyanmar National Airlines Logo Myanmar National Airlines
NepalNepal Airlines Logo Nepal Airlines
North KoreaAir Koryo Logo Air Koryo
OmanOman Air Logo Oman Air
PakistanPIA Logo PIA
PhilippinesPAL Logo PAL
SingaporeSingapore Airlines Logo Singapore Airlines
South KoreaKorean Air Logo Korean Air
Sri LankaSriLankan Logo SriLankan
TajikistanTajik Air Logo Tajik Air
ThailandThai  Logo Thai Airways
TurkmenistanTurkmenistan Airlines Logo Turkmenistan Airlines
UzbekistanUzbekistan Airways Logo Uzbekistan Airways
VietnamVietnam Airlines Logo Vietnam Airlines
YemenYemenia Logo Yemenia

Key Airports in Asia

Asia is home to some of the most stunning airports and bold airport architecture in the world. Projects like Osaka’s Kansai revolutionised the way airports are constructed and designed with it’s man made island. Also some of the busiest airports in the world are located in Asia, the likes of:

  • Tokyo Haneda
  • Tokyo Narita
  • Seoul Incheon Airport
  • Osaka Kansai International Airport
  • Singapore Changi
  • Beijing Capital
  • Shanghai Pudong
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
  • Kuala Lumpur International
  • Mumbai International
  • New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport