Asia's love affair with budget carriers likely to continue

Indonesian rescue personnel unloading a recovered engine yesterday from the ill-fated Lion Air Flight JT610 at a port in Jakarta. As of yesterday, a total of 105 body bags had been recovered and handed to police for forensic identification.
Indonesian rescue personnel unloading a recovered engine yesterday from the ill-fated Lion Air Flight JT610 at a port in Jakarta. As of yesterday, a total of 105 body bags had been recovered and handed to police for forensic identification.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Analysts say recent Lion Air tragedy won't dent demand for cheap fares by rising middle class

When Ms Asmarinda, 30, decided recently to take her two-year-old daughter and three other family members from Jakarta to visit her grandmother in Padang in West Sumatra, she booked five tickets on Lion Air. With the total fare costing 3 million rupiah (S$270), the low-cost carrier had the best schedule that she could afford.

But after one of Lion Air's jetliners crashed last Monday, in what will likely be Indonesia's second deadliest aviation accident, she was understandably nervous.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 05, 2018, with the headline 'Asia's love affair with budget carriers likely to continue'. Print Edition | Subscribe