AirAsia wins approval for first India service

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Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia has secured long-awaited Indian Government approval to launch its first services to the country.

Group CEO Tony Fernandes told reporters in Kuala Lumpur that final Indian Government approval has now been secured and AirAsia will start operating its Airbus A320s to Trichy on 1 December.

Fernandes says flights will be operated daily to the southern Indian city, which is also known as Tiruchirapalli, from its Kuala Lumpur base.

AirAsia had been seeking approval for some time to start serving India and had hoped to enter the market this month.

Fernandes says Trichy will be the first of several destinations AirAsia will be serving in India in the years ahead. He adds that sister carrier AirAsia X, which operates widebody Airbus A330s, will also serve India in future.

No airlines currently operate on the Kuala Lumpur-Trichy route, according to Innovata.