Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia, Mittu Chandilya said here today that AirAsia would become the most cost effective carrier to offer the cheapest flight on this sector. He said that this would be a direct flight and the fare for Chandigarh-Bangalore flight would be Rs.1,999 and the flight duration will be around two hours. He said that the flight would take off from Bangalore at 1.30 PM, arrive at Chandigarh at 3.30 PM and depart from Chandigarh at 4.00 PM to reach Bangalore at 6.00 PM. He also announced that AirAsia, named the worlds best low cost airline in annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax from 2009-14 would sponsor Kings XI IPL team.
Chandilya said that AirAsia will bring in one more aircraft next month and add one aircraft every month to build its fleet to have a size of six by December, 2014 and 10 to 12 by the end of the year. Year after the company would add another 10 to 12 aircrafts to its fleet. He said that after launching a flight from Chandigarh, the next city on the radar of AirAsia would be Jaipur. AirAsia plans to launch Jaipur-Bangalore flight at an inaugural base rate of Rs 1999 like the Chandigarh-Bangalore flight.
In reply to a question, he agreed that drop in disposable incomes had affected aviation sector business but added that keeping operational costs at bare minimum can do the trick to keep aviation industry floating. Lethargy had no place in business today and the need is for creating an opportunity out of the challenging times, Mittu Chandilya said philosophically. He said that many people had suggested introducing a flight from Chandigarh to Goa and AirAsia would certainly consider this suggestion.
In reply to another question, he said that the government can play pro-active role in bringing aviation sector out from the current financial crisis. He said that AirAsia was highly optimistic about North East sector as it offered huge potential for aviation industry.