Monday, February 05, 2007

A-I plans budget flights to US

Mumbai: With Malaysia-based Air Asia proposing to start a low-cost global airline, Air-India may look at long-haul budget carriers following the success of its subsidiary, Air India Express.
“We are open to the idea of flying a low-cost airline to Europe and the US ... Who knows, it might catch on in future and we would like to gear up to meet such a demand,” Air-India chairman V. Thulasidas said here.
Air Asia, which offers fares equivalent to Rs 700 between two South Asian destinations, proposes to offer flights to Europe from Asia for as low a price as $100, revolutionising long-haul travel.
Taking a cue from this, Air-India is now mulling a budget airline to Europe and the US, Thulasidas said, adding that the national carrier now has low-cost flights to several destinations in West Asia from a number of cities in India and between Chennai and Singapore.
Thulasidas, however, said that “as of now, there are no concrete plans” .
04/02/07 PTI/The Telegraph