AirAsia India Takes Off, Eyes Growth Amid Difficult Landscape

AirAsia India, the latest affiliate carrier to join the AirAsia Group, completed its maiden flight today with promises of more seats and low fares. Flight I5 1320 took off from Bangalore at 1510 hrs, arriving in Goa an hour later at 1625 hrs, with the bright red Airbus A320 cutting a striking figure at the city’s international airport.


The inaugural flight, which was sold out within 10 minutes of reservations opening, carries the hope of the low cost air travel giant to break into the fast-growing Indian market. Passenger numbers in the country are expected to reach 452 million fliers by 2020-2021 and low cost carriers are already dominant with a 65 percent market share of domestic air travel, where AirAsia India will initially fly to Goa and Chennai.


Daily Bangalore – Goa, Double Daily Bangalore – Chennai Flights

Flight I5 1320 operates daily, departing Bangalore at 1510 hrs and arriving in Goa at 1625 hrs. The return flight, I5 1321, takes off from Goa International Airport at 1655 hrs for a 1805 hrs landing back at Bangalore International Airport.


Chennai will be served twice daily from Bangalore. The morning flight, I5 1211, takes off from Bangalore International Airport at 0555 hrs and arrives at Chennai International Airport at 0655 hrs, before returning as flight I5 1212 at 0730 hrs, landing back in Bangalore at 0830 hrs. The evening service, I5 1217, departs Bangalore at 1835 hrs for a 1935 hrs arrival into Chennai, with the return flight, I5 1218, taking off at 2010 hrs to land at Bangalore International Airport at 2110 hrs.


Strong Ambitions for Growth Despite Difficult Landscape

AirAsia India’s entry is expected to trigger changes to the dynamics of the country’s domestic aviation landscape, where airlines already face challenges to profit in the form of high personnel costs, tariffs to use Indian airports, high fuel prices and a depreciating currency. A joint venture between the Malaysian travel giant and India’s Tata Sons Limited and Telestra Tradeplace, the airline is confident of ramping up its operations with more routes, aircraft and traffic feed to AirAsia’s international flights at Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata and Trichy.


Bangalore-based AirAsia India becomes the seventh member of the AirAsia Group, joining AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, AirAsia Philippines, AirAsia Zest, Thai AirAsia and long-haul affiliates AirAsia X and Thai AirAsia X.


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