AirAsia to add to Indian destinations next year

Malaysian pioneering low-cost carrier, AirAsia Bhd, will add nine more flights to its India schedule next year covering a whole host of destinations. It currently operates to four Indian destinations.

The new destinations are Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Amritsar. Flights to these destinations will depart from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Bangkok.

"We have 20 potential airports that we can go to in India and we've only covered 10," said AirAsia group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes at a press conference soon after watching the official launch of the Kuala Lumpur-Kolkata flight in India via video conference.

According to Fernandes, the new routes would not only benefit tourists but also businesses particularly, small medium enterprises like the textile business.

He also let it be known that the carrier would deploy eight to 10 aircraft on its Indian routes. He also said the group would continue to use Kuala Lumpur as a hub for its flights to India.