There were celebrations at Surat to welcome the arrival of AirAsia India on 1 June. Chadrakant Raghunath Patil and Dharshana Jardosh, both Members of Parliament, performed the ceremonial lamp lighting. Dilip Sajnani, Airport Director, Surat and an official from the airline were also present at the inauguration ceremony. The LCC will operate the new domestic sector daily with A320s.
- AirAsia India began a new domestic link between Bengaluru (BLR) and Surat (STV) on 1 June. The LCC will operate the 1,025-kilometre sector daily with its A320s and faces no direct competition. According to the airline, the load factor on the Bengaluru-Surat sector was 78%, while the return flight was practically full with a 96% load factor. AirAsia India describes Surat as “a business hub with a dominant presence of diamond and textile industries.” It adds that a large number of merchants travel out from Surat on business, and that this presents an opportunity to open up the market. The LCC now serves 20 destinations in its home market with hubs at Bengaluru, Delhi and Kolkata. See how Surat Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.