Air Asia, after having recently initiated operations from Bhubaneshwar – making it the first airline to link Odisha capital with international skies – has is now further expanding its footprints in the eastern region. The budget carrier has acquired a new Airbus 320 aircraft and will use this induction to link three new routes from Ranchi. Three cities which will now be connected with Ranchi are Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Bhubaneshwar. It will also expand frequency on the Bengaluru-Hyderabad route. The development was shared by Air Asia in a statement released to the press.
The airline plans to add ten new aircrafts each year to scale up operations. Commenting on the proposed launch, AirAsia India’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Amar Abrol said “we are happy to add new routes connecting tier-II cities, while making air travel affordable to one and all.” With the induction of the new plane, AirAsia India has now a fleet of 13 A320 aircraft.
Low cost carriers account for over 70 per cent of the total domestic air passenger traffic which stood at 9.65 million in July this year. AirAsia India currently flies to Kochi, Goa, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Pune, Guwahati, Imphal, Vizag, Hyderabad, Srinagar, Bagdogra, and Ranchi and Bhubaneswar from its three hubs Bengaluru, Delhi ad Kolkata.