AirAsia India aims to fly internationally in mid-2018
AirAsia India hopes to launch international flights in the second half of next year once it has at least 20 planes in its fleet.
The low-cost carrier, 49 per cent-owned by AirAsia Bhd, has eight A320 aircraft and will receive another six by October.
AirAsia India chief executive officer Amar Abrol said by middle of next year, the airline was set to grow its fleet by another six planes.
“There is a project team which is already working to get AirAsia India ready for overseas operations, which is likely to start either from next summer or at the most by autumn,” said Abrol, here, on Thursday.
He said the team would look at international routes within a flying time of less than 4½ hours from India.
“The first destination is likely to be in East Asia whenever we fly abroad,” said Abrol.
An India-based airline must have at least 20 aircraft before it can get approval for foreign flights.
AirAsia India operates 58 flights daily from New Delhi and Bengaluru, serving 13 Indian airports. It recently launched flights to Srinagar in Kashmir and Bagdogra in West Bengal.