Ai­rA­sia In­dia aims to fly in­ter­na­tion­ally in mid-2018

New Straits Times - - Business -

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.

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