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AirAsia India adds Kochi to its network

LiveMint logoLiveMint 16-06-2014 PTI

Bangalore: Four days after breaking into the domestic aviation space, the country’s fourth budget carrier AirAsia India Ltd on Monday announced the addition of Kochi to its existing network from 20 July.

The airline will start daily flights from Bangalore to Kochi and vice-versa, effective 20 July, AirAsia said, offering limited promotional seats for all-inclusive-fare `500 from Bangalore to Kochi and vice-versa. Guests will be able to start their booking at 9.30pm from 16-22 June for the travel period from 20 July to 25 October, the release added.

Breaking into Indian domestic aviation space, AirAsia India on Thursday had launched its operation with a flight from here to Goa in a foray that is expected to intensify the fare war among the no-frill airlines in the loss-hit sector.

AirAsia India, the Indian arm of Asia’s biggest budget carrier Malaysia-based AirAsia Bhd, thus became the fourth low-cost carrier in the country after IndiGo, SpiceJet Ltd and GoAir.

“We are excited to announce our third destination Kochi, within a few days of our launch. We are very encouraged by the outstanding reception to our product and service,” AirAsia India chief executive officer Mittu Chandilya said.

“We have done a complete analysis on our third destination and we are confident we will be able to reach out to more first time fliers. We will stand by our promise to deliver a quality product to our guests that promises value for their money,” he added.

Malaysia-based AirAsia currently operates international routes into Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata and Trichy.

AirAsia, one of the most successful low-cost carriers in the world, got the aviation ministry’s flying permit on 8 May, the last of the many approvals needed for the airline to take off after a nine-month long wait marked by legal hurdles. AirAsia India is a 49:30:21 joint venture among Malaysian carrier AirAsia, Tata Sons Ltd and Arun Bhatia’s Telestra Tradeplace Pvt. Ltd.

AirAsia had announced its joint venture with Tata Sons and Telestra Tradeplace in February 2013, four months after the then United Progressive Alliance government allowed up to 49% foreign direct investment in domestic airlines by foreign carriers.

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