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AirAsia India’s Maiden Flight on Bangalore-Goa Route

Low cost carrier AirAsia India on Friday said its maiden daily flight will be on the Bangalore-Goa route with a price tag of Rs. 990 including taxes.

The first A320 flight is scheduled to leave Bangalore on the afternoon of June 12, AirAsia India chief executive Mittu Chandilya told reporters in Chennai.
AirAsia India, a joint venture between Malaysian carrier AirAsia, Tata Sons, and Arun Bhatia’s Telestra Tradeplace, was granted a flying licence by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) – India’s aviation regulator – earlier this month after a 9-month wait and various legal hurdles.

“AirAsia will be opening up the bookings this evening. By 9.30 pm our fares will be up there in our website. Our first route will be from Bangalore to Goa and Goa to Bangalore. We are very excited about that,” Mr. Chandilya said.

“Our collective goal is that every Indian should have an opportunity to fly. We have our plane parked here already.”

Responding to a query, Mr. Chandilya said that by end of this financial year (2014-15), the airline hopes to connect 10 cities, with 10 aircraft.

“We have about 300 people right now. Basically, we have about 80 people for one aircraft,” he said to a query on how many people the airline would be adding this financial year.

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