AirAsia promises low fares in India

Written by Press Trust of India | Davos | Updated: Jan 24 2014, 10:00am hrs
Hopeful of launching flights in India in next two-three months, Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes said the airline would introduce dramatically low fares in the country, which would be cheapest and take air travel to masses.

Fernandes, who is at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, said that AirAsia India is fully prepared for the launch and is waiting for final approvals that should come soon and help it begin flights by March-April this year.

I think we are coming very close and March-April should be time when we should begin the India operations, the Malaysia-based AirAsias CEO said.

AirAsia has partnered with Tata Group and Arun Bhatia-led Telstra Tradeplace for AirAsia India, which is looking to run low-cost passenger airline service in the country.

Fernandes said that all preparatory work has been completed by the company for launch of its flights and it is just waiting to open the sale of the tickets.

We have to be the cheapest and stimulate the market. We have to allow the common man to fly.

That is my message to the Indian government and the state governments that flying is not only for the rich, he said