AirAsia India launch in 2014
The airline is tangled in various approvals and clearances in DGCA and regulations authority…
ANITA JAIN AirAsia
India which was initially hoping to take-off in October and later by December this year will now miss its expected deadline due to delays in approvals, permissions and clearances by the government.
Moreover, the regulator has to evaluate and inspect documents and hold five review meetings with the applicant within the 90-day period. An operating license could be delayed further due to a delay in its security clearance. In an email query from asking about the delay in launch and expected launch dates, Tony Fernandes, Group CEO, AirAsia said, “No comment till we get our AOC(Air Operators Certificate).”
The airline was earlier looking for a launch around Diwali to gain from the peak-season travel demand in November, but now the earliest that could be possible will be around December- January. The airline had readied human resource and infrastructure to start operations before November. The airline had recruited its top management staff, flight attendants and had also set up a small office at the Chennai airport.