AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes has hinted that its long-haul affiliate AirAsia X plans to resume flights to India, although the company has denied any such plans.
"AirAsia X will be restarting routes to India very soon," he said on Twitter, adding that Mumbai and Delhi were the likely destinations.
However, a spokeswoman for AirAsia X told Flightglobal Pro that the airline is not planning a return to the Indian market "any time soon".
AirAsia X dropped its services to New Delhi and Mumbai in March 2012, citing high fuel, airport and ground handling costs at the ports, as well as visa restrictions on Malaysians travelling to India.
If the long-haul low-cost carrier does resume its services, it may be linked to AirAsia's plans to a joint venture carrier there later this year.
AirAsia was recently granted formal approval by the Indian government to take a 49% stake in the company, alongside Indian company Tata Sons and private investor Arun Bhatia's Telestra Tradeplace. The airline will be based in Chennai and will commence operations in the fourth quarter with two or three Airbus A320s.
AirAsia X is preparing for an initial public offering that may be launched in June this year.