Twitter has become the favourite battleground for the chiefs of domestic airlines to hit out at rival carriers.
Sanjiv Kapoor, chief operating officer of budget carrier SpiceJet, on Friday took on AirAsia India in a series of tweets. Though Kapoor did not name the airline it was quite apparent who he was referring to.
AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes had on Thursday lashed out against Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), a grouping of domestic carriers. He had said that AirAsia India wanted to become a member of FIA but wasn’t given membership.
“Interesting to see the new entrant foreign airline change strategy every month and claim full planes when loads in the low 70s,” tweeted Kapoor. “But then again back in July they claimed they were “sold out” for next two months, when a simple web check could prove that was false,” he said in a subsequent tweet.
AirAsia India did not offer comments for the story.
“You can’t learn the jack about a market by sitting inside your hotel room. You got to go out. Very true, if you are a foreigner,” Kapoor said in another message.
This is not the first time Kapoor has taken to Twitter to hit out at AirAsia India. “What is predatory, disruptive, dangerous? Offering Rs 5 fares in peak season, and that too win 14 days of travel. Let us wait and watch. On a personal note, it would be amiss of me not to welcome the newest “Indian” airline to our domestic skies,” he had tweeted at the time of AirAsia India’s launch.