Asia’s largest and leading low-cost carrier, AirAsia has announced that it will commence daily direct flights to Kolkata, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November 2009. The move follows the airline’s successful run on the Kuala Lumpur-Trichy (South India) route, since last year. On the three new routes, the airline is offering fares as low as Rs 1499.
The special fares on the new routes can be enjoyed by booking a ticket in the period from 15th to 20th October 2009, for the travel period from 12th November 2009 to 31st July 2010 for Kochi, from 16th November 2009 to 31st July 2010 for Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and from 19th November 2009 to 31st July 2010 for Kolkata. The bookings can be made online, via www.airasia.com and mobile.airasia.com.
Kathleen Tan, Regional Head - Commercial of AirAsia, said that AirAsia has reiterated its commitment to the Indian market, by launching three new flights. With this, it has become the first airline in India to launch three routes on the same day. Kathleen also commented that while other airlines backtracked, they believed in robust demand in low fare travel and found the opportunity to start the new routes. She further added that by opening of those routes, connectivity in the region would increase and that would result in closer cultural and social ties between India and Malaysia.
It is now more convenient than ever to fly to Kuala Lumpur from Kolkata, located in West Bengal and Kochi & Thiruvananthapuram, both located in the South Indian state of Kerala. Moreover, as compared to the other budget carriers, the route network offered by this award-winning airline is the most extensive in the region.