AirAsia’s entry into the Indian market got off to a good start this week, after seats on its maiden flight sold out in just 10 minutes.
The low-cost carrier will launch services on the Bengaluru-Goa route on 12 June 2014, and an opening promotion for the service has proved extremely popular among Indians. Fares on the route were being sold for just INR990 (US$17).
As well as selling out the first 180 seats in 10 minutes, the airline’s 25,000 promotional seats were also snapped up within 48 hours.
“We are very excited by the feedback we received from the market. Our motto has always been to make everyone fly and we have already begun to show that we are true to our promise,” said AirAsia India’s CEO, Mittu Chandilya.
“On behalf of AirAsia India I would like to thank every stakeholder who has worked towards making our launch a success,” he added.
AirAsia India will become the group’s fifth regional subsidiary, following existing units in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Based in Chennai, it will operate a network of domestic flights using a fleet of all-economy class Airbus A320 aircraft.