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AirAsia India adds more flights to Guwahati, Goa from Delhi

The low-cost carrier has also offered an all-in-fares from as low as Rs 3,990 for the two new flights for a limited period with travel validity going up to February next year.

twitter-logoPTI | October 21, 2015 | Updated 11:00 IST
AirAsia India adds more flights to Guwahati, Goa from Delhi
"These additional services to Goa and Guwahati would commence operations from November 17," AirAsia India said. (Photo: Reuters)

No-frills airline AirAsia India on Tuesday said it has scaled up flight services to Guwahati and Goa from the national capital during the winters.

Besides, the low-cost carrier has also offered an all-in-fares from as low as Rs 3,990 for the two new flights for a limited period with travel validity going up to February next year.

AirAsia India, which has recently inducted the sixth aircraft in its fleet, would now operate three daily flights on the Delhi-Goa route, up from two flights a day, while the frequency on the Delhi-Guwahati route would go up to two from current one, as part of the winter operations.

"These additional services to Goa and Guwahati would commence operations from November 17," AirAsia India said.

"With this increase in frequency, the airline will operate 38 flights connecting 10 destinations across India," it said.

"The positive load factors and performance standards in these sectors has enabled us to increase our frequencies, making the connectivity stronger. As we step into the peak travel season, increased connectivity to Guwahati from the capital will enable guests to plan their trips during the festival period. Guests can also make best use of our additional flight to Goa from Delhi to plan their trips to the most sought after destination for the year-end and New Year," AirAsia India Managing Director and Chief Executive Mittu Chandilya said.

Earlier AirAsia India, a three-way joint venture in which Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia holds 49 per cent stake while Tata Sons and Telestra Trade Place of Arun Bhatia-hold 30 and 21 per cent stake respectively, had put on hold its fleet expansion plans, citing "lack of clarity" on the policy front.

AirAsia India along with another start up carrier Vistara, are eying the lucrative international market since their launch and pressing hard for removal of the current regulation for overseas market.

While AirAsia India launched its services in June 2014, Vistara took off the ground in January this year.

The existing rules require domestic carriers to be in operation for at least five years and have a fleet of a minimum of 20 aircraft to be eligible to fly on international routes.

The rules are, however, under review as part of the much-awaited new civil aviation policy.

On the other hand, established players under the banner of Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) with full service carrier Jet Airways and the three other budget airline - IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir - are vehemently opposed to any change in the current norm.

FIA has already apprised the government of its view that domestic connectivity particularly to the hinterlands would suffer if new airline were allowed to go international as the new airlines might deploy a large part of the capacity on overseas routes to make money.

"The increase in frequency of flights is designed to cater to business and leisure travellers who are constantly on the lookout for convenient and comfortable flying options," the release said.

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