AirAsia India likely to fly from January

AirAsia India could finally get scheduled air operator’s permit in January, nearly a year after announcing the joint

AirAsia
AirAsia India could start operations in January 2014

venture.

“We should be able to give the permit in the next two months. They plan to do most of the training in Malaysia. So, we need to go there and certify that.” said Arun Mishra, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)

The new airline, which will have its operational base in Chennai, plans to initially operate in Southern India. AirAsia’s Group Chief Executive Tony Fernandes said that the airline plans to start operations with around 300 people, three aircraft and focus on the Tier II and III market in India.

AirAsia’s investment proposal was cleared by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in March and it received the No-Objection Certificate (NoC) from the Ministry of Civil Aviation in September.

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