AirAsia In­dia launch in 2014

The air­line is tan­gled in var­i­ous ap­provals and clear­ances in DGCA and reg­u­la­tions au­thor­ity…

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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.

Tony Fer­nan­des

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