Low-cost carrier AirAsia, which is expanding its operation this year in Asia, will be flying to at least six Indian cities, Colombo and Taipei from either Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok.
The airline is expected to start the Kuala Lumpur-Taipei route in June and Kuala Lumpur-Colombo sector in August, industry sources said. "More destinations will be added, both in India and China, once new planes arrive. There will be new destinations from both Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok," the sources said.
From September onwards, AirAsia, voted the best low-cost carrier by London-based consultancy group, Skytrax, is expected to fly to Chennai and Hyderabad from Bangkok once Thai AirAsia receives more new Airbus from its European maker.
The sources said AirAsia's long-haul airline, AirAsia X, is likely to fly to several more routes from Kuala Lumpur to India, namely its capital New Delhi, business hub Mumbai, IT city Bangalore, Amritsar in Punjab and Kochi, the second biggest city in Kerala.
The airline, which had advertised for station managers in the seven Indian cities, currently flies from Kuala Lumpur to Tamil Nadu's Tiruchirappalli City since last December.
AirAsia, which started with only two planes eight years ago, currently has over 75 planes and flies to 65 destinations