Celebrating the start of AirAsia services to Bhubaneswar in India on 26 April were: Datuk Zainuddin Abd Wahab, Senior Director Tourism Malaysia; His Excellency Dato’ Hidayat Abdul Hamid, The High Commissioner of Malaysia to India; Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia Berhad; Ashok Chandra Panda, The Honorable Minister of Tourism and Culture Odisha and Arti Ahuja, Principal Secretary Department of Tourism Odisha. This becomes the LCC’s eighth route to India from its Kuala Lumpur base.
- AirAsia has added a new destination from its Kuala Lumpur (KUL) hub with the addition on 26 April of a new four times weekly service to Bhubaneswar (BBI) in India. The 2,597-kilometre sector will be flown using the LCC’s A320s and faces no competition. This is the Indian airport’s only international scheduled service at present. Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia Berhad, said: “We are very excited to be here today in Bhubaneswar to celebrate our inaugural flight to this beautiful city. We are officially the first airline to offer an international route to Bhubaneswar and we are humbled with the warm welcome from the government and people of Odisha. India is an important market to us at AirAsia and this new unique route is a reflection of our commitment towards enhancing our connectivity in the country. Our plans and commitment to grow in the Indian market is in line with the governments’ recent announcement to expand the number of slots for Malaysians carriers to operate between the two countries. Through this, we hope to help boost the tourism and trade in India and Malaysia while continue to provide our guests with better connectivity as well as offering them the best services in and out of India.” AirAsia already offers non-stop service from the Malaysian capital to seven other airports in India; Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Tiruchirappalli and Visakhapatnam. As a result, the LCC now commands almost 40% of seat capacity between Malaysia and India, ahead of Malindo Air (29%), Malaysia Airlines (27%) and AirAsia X (4%).