According to Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia X will be restarting its KL-New Delhi and KL-Mumbai routes soon.
Writing on the social media site, Facebook, Tony stated, “AirAsia X will be restarting routes to India very soon. KL-Bombay and KL-New Delhi are around the corner.”
Last year on 31 Jan, the budget airline had discontinued the flights to Mumbai and New Delhi, citing high operating costs as the reason. Both routes were initially started in 2010.
The starting of these routes again can serve as a feeder for AirAsia’s latest venture in India, as domestic aviation rules there did not permit new airlines to operate international routes for the first five years of operations.
The budget carrier recently established AirAsia India, a 49:30:21 joint venture between AirAsia, Tata Sons and Telstra Tradeplace, a company owned by Indian investor Arun Bhatia.
The Chennai-based airline will cater primarily to Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities, with operations expected to begin by year-end.