AirAsia to start India ops later this year

Written by fe Bureau | Chennai | Updated: Jun 30 2013, 09:02am hrs
Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia said on Saturday its Indian operations should begin later this year with flights for southern region and the company would also look at setting up some ancillary businesses in the country.

We are hopeful of starting Indian operations later this year with three aircraft serving the southern region, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes told reporters here.

The airline would expand its services to other parts of the country in the second stage, he said. AirAsia would also look at setting up ancillary services like air travel insurance and duty free shops in the country, said Fernandes, who arrived in Chennai this morning. AirAsia has already put in place a strong leadership team for its India operations, which is a joint venture with Tatas and Telestra Tradeplace.