Low-cost carrier AirAsia is making huge expansion in Asia this year, flying to at least six more cities in India including Chennai and Hyderabad from Bangkok from September, once AirAsia acquires more new Airbus planes.
AirAsia, voted the best low-cost carrier by London-based consultancy group, Skytrax, is also planning daily flights to Colombo in Sri Lanka and Taipei from either Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok.
The sources said AirAsia's long-haul airline, AirAsia X, is likely to fly to several more routes from Kuala Lumpur to India, namely New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Amritsar, and Kochi.
The airline, which had advertised for station managers in the seven Indian cities, currently flies from Kuala Lumpur to Tamil Nadu's Tiruchirappalli since last December.
''More destinations will be added, both in India and China, once new planes arrive. There will be new destinations from both Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok,'' the sources said.
Thai AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Tassapon Bijleveld confirmed recently that Thailand's popular resort island Phuket would become the airline's second hub in the Kingdom after Bangkok.
Last week, AirAsia X launched the Kuala Lumpur to Tianjin flight and is planning to fly to Chengdu and Xian soon. Other cities in China served by AirAsia include Macau, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Guilin and Haikou.
Air Asia X is also increasing the frequency of flights between Stansted and Kuala Lumpur and is offering a limited number of one-way fares at £149 including all taxes.
''AirAsia X is providing fares people have never seen before for these routes, and making travel more affordable and accessible,'' the airline's CEO Azran Osman-Rani said.
''From KL people are choosing from over 122 AirAsia routes. We are also offering an affordable and alternative version of the 'Kangaroo Route' - all the way from London via KL to Melbourne, Perth and the Gold Coast in Australia.''
AirAsia, which started with only two planes eight years ago, currently has over 75 planes and flies to 65 destinations.