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Air Asia... record?

  • mizsarah

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Hi,

    I have a flight outa HCM City in Viet Nam in mid August at noon (not on Air Asia). A flight from KL appears to get there at 8 a.m. Does this seem like a bad plan on my part? What's people's experience with Air Asia being late/cancelled?

    Cheers!

    #1 Posted: 21/7/2009 - 23:31

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  • CG

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    They used to have many delays a couple of years back, but now i think they're pretty reliable. But if the timing is really important to you then i would say try not to take that risk. Choose another airline like MAS(which is more expensive) or stick with air asia and take an earlier flight.

    #2 Posted: 22/7/2009 - 02:31

  • busylizzy

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    Be sure to check which airport you would be arriving at and departing from. I understand in some cases (like KL), Air Asia do not land at the main airport, but instead, use a smaller airport just out of the city. I think this is because of the lower landing charges or some such thing.

    Not sure how many airports there are in HCM but it would pay to check.

    #3 Posted: 22/7/2009 - 03:54

  • BruceMoon

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    Sarah

    I read you as saying you are flying AirAsia to SaiGon from KL. And, later in the day, flying out of SaiGon with another carrier.

    Remember that Low Cost Carriers [LCC] are what is termed 'point=to=point'. That means they get you to the destination, but don't take any responsibility for hooking you up to your own itinerary (or even theirs).

    That said, AirAsia has a policy of departing within 2 hours of schedule, or you get an 80MYR 'voucher'. If nothing else, they'll do their utmost to depart within that 2 hour 'window'. On recent AirAsia trips, I've been delayed by around 1 hour 40 a couple of times.

    The usual advice issued by LCC's is to not make a connecting flight within 3 hours for internal, and 4 hours for international.

    I'd suggest you consider that advice.

    Also, if you have reasonable travel insurance, a delay caused by a LCC to a reasonably scheduled onward connection (ie. over 3 hours / 4 hours) will generally be accepted as a claim.

    Maybe you should call your travel insurance company to check your position.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers

    #4 Posted: 22/7/2009 - 17:35

  • wanderingcat

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    Air Asia AM flights tend to be on time, evening flights on certain routes (usually short ones that have several flights per day) depend on whether there have been delays earlier in the day...in those cases the same 1-2 planes shuttle back & forth so delays can snowball.

    #5 Posted: 22/7/2009 - 20:11

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