AirAsia India announces plans to fly into Mumbai

Widening its network, low-cost airline AirAsia India plans to introduce a flight to and from Mumbai, according to Air Asia group chief executive Tony Fernandes.

''In Incredible India Bombay is changing by the day ... AIRASIA India will be starting in this metro soon. We are coming,'' Fernandes said on Twitter.

The airline, which launched air services in June, currently operates flights to Goa, Chennai, Kochi, Jaipur and Chandigarh from its hub Bangalore.

AirAsia recently announced a discounted ticket scheme, offering an all-inclusive one-way ticket price of Rs690 from Bangalore to Chennai, Kochi, or Goa; and Rs2,390 from Bangalore to Jaipur and Chandigarh.

While Fernandes did not indicate a date, aviation watchers said AirAsia is unlikely to launch Mumbai flights before early 2015, as it has not applied for slots at Mumbai airport for the winter schedule beginning October-end.

AirAsia is facing stiff competition on all its routes, with IndiGo and Jet Airways adding flights on these routes. India's airlines are also locked in a fare war to increase the traffic.