Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Bangalore on AirAsia's radar as operational hub

New Delhi: Bangalore, once the operational hub of the now grounded Kingfisher Airlines, could soon become the operational base of another high-profile airline, AirAsia India. AirAsia's group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said on Tuesday that the airline plans to have operational bases in Bangalore, Chennai and Kochi once it starts operations in India later this year.
“We plan to have operational bases in Banaglore, Chennai and Kochi,” said Fernandes after a meeting with commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma on Tuesday. The AirAsia chief was in New Delhi to meet five ministers, including civil aviation minister Ajit Singh.
AirAsia India's plans will prove to be a fillip for the GVK operated Banagalore International Airport. At its peak, Kingfisher Airlines operated nearly 100 daily flights out of Bangalore. Meanwhile, Fernandes also said that he was hopeful that AirAsia India will start operations from October this year.
03/07/13 Financial Express