Beginning from October 30th, low-cost carrier AirAsia India will be commencing 21 weekly direct domestic flights on two new routes. The flights will see AirAsia India connecting its northern hub in Delhi to Bhubaneswar and its southern hub in Bengaluru to Jaipur as part of its winter schedule.

New routes for the winter

Flight services between Delhi and Bhubaneswar will be operated on a twice-daily schedule, with a mid-morning and a late-evening flight. On the other hand, flight services between Bengaluru and Jaipur will only be operated once daily.

Flight number Departure time Arrival time
I5 552 (DEL – BBI) 10:35 12:45
I5 776 (BBI – DEL) 13:45 16:10
I5 721 (DEL – BBI) 20:20 22:25
I5 772 (BBI – DEL) 23:00 01:05 +1
I5 941 (BLR – JAI) 07:55 10:45
I5 943 (JAI – BLR) 11:15 13:40

The flight services are likely to be operated using the airline’s Airbus A320-200 fleet of aircraft, which is currently configured for 180 passengers to allow the airline to offer approximately 2,520 weekly seats to Bhubaneswar and an estimated 1,260 weekly seats to Jaipur.

Growing domestically

Besides the two new flight services to Bhubaneswar and Jaipur, the low-cost carrier also recently further emphasized its presence in Lucknow with direct flights to Mumbai. Altogether, the new flight services add to AirAsia India’s growing number of domestic routes, which currently sits at 112 weekly direct flights between Bengaluru, Goa, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai.

Simply put, AirAsia India has been focusing heavily on enhancing domestic connectivity within its network to beat out low-cost competitors such as IndiGo, Akasa Air, and SpiceJet. The airline’s Chief Commercial Officer, Ankur Garg, confirms this by saying:

“The launch of these new routes bolsters our network as we grow our footprint in Jaipur and have direct flights connecting Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Pune. These new routes will enable us to connect Jaipur with Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Goa, and Kochi with one-stop itineraries. Similarly, amping up our presence in Bhubaneswar, we have direct flights connecting Bengaluru, Kolkata, Pune, and Delhi; and connecting flights to Lucknow and Guwahati.”

The future of AirAsia India

While AirAsia India continues to improve its domestic presence, the budget carrier, which the Tata Group primarily owns with more than 83% stakes, seems to have its future tangled. Earlier this month, the Tata Group and Singapore Airlines were discussing a possible merger between Indian flag carrier Air India and Vistara.

Though no final decisions have officially been made, interlining agreements have been amicably reached, and changes have already started, including the shift of several AirAsia India pilots over to Vistara. With the merger between the two full-cost carriers seemingly on a smooth take-off roll, that leaves AirAsia India and Air India Express as the remaining two airlines under the Tata Group that remains untouched.

Given the Tata Group’s current strategy, it is likely that the two budget carriers will eventually be expected to merge to become the more significant low-cost airline that could rival its competitors within the aviation industry.

Source: The Siasat Daily

  • AirAsia-X-Belly-Cargo-A330-Getty

    AirAsia

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    AK/AXM

    Airline Type:
    Low-Cost Carrier

    Year Founded:
    1993

    CEO:
    Riad Asmat

    Country:
    Malaysia

  • IndiGo SpiceJet Delhi Airport Getty

    Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    DEL/VIDP

    Country:
    India

    CEO:
    Videh Kumar Jaipuriar

    Passenger Count :
    28,500,545 (2020)

    Runways :
    09/27 – 2,813m (9,229ft) |10/28 – 3,810m (12,500ft) |11R/29L – 4,430m (14,534ft) |11L/29R – 4,400m (14,436ft)

    Terminals:
    Terminal 1 |Terminal 2 |Terminal 3

Source: simpleflying.com

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