We are here to create a new market: AirAsia chief

AirAsia India,floated by Malaysia-based low-cost airline AirAsia,Tata group and investment firm Telestra Tradeplace,

Written by Agencies | Mumbai,phagwara | Published: July 2, 2013 2:55 am

AirAsia India,floated by Malaysia-based low-cost airline AirAsia,Tata group and investment firm Telestra Tradeplace,will add at least 10 planes annually.

The new airline which is expected to begin a domestic service from Chennai in the fourth quarter of 2013 will focus on connecting “under-utilised airports” and creating a new market within India,AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes said. “If you look at air travel,it’s so concentrated on Delhi and Mumbai … there is a huge amount of airports that are under-utilised. The airline is here not to take anybody else’s business market share away,but to create a new market in this 1.2-billion market,” he said.

“Game plan is very simple. We want to have the lowest fares,we want to improve connectivity within India. We think there are a lot of routes that are just not done.” “We will aggressively expand the fleet size and are looking to add at least 10 planes a year,” the AirAsia chief said. “There is no rush for us to go to Delhi and Mumbai airports,as they are charging crazy. But eventually we may have to go in there,say when these cities have a second airport or low cost terminals.”

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