Kuwait's new budget carrier Jazeera Airways on Monday launched flights to Mumbai and Delhi, planning to increase the number of destinations in the country in the near future.
Jazeera, which is the first private airline in West Asia, is competing with the state-owned Kuwait Airways and has started its initial operations with a quota of 1300 seats each week.
It would be operating three and six flights each week to Delhi and Mumbai respectively, its Chairman and CEO Marwan Boodai told reporters.
The airline, which now has three Airbus A-320s, would add another by this weekend and one more in the next six months, he said, adding that Jazeera had already placed firm orders for ten A-320s with options for another six.
Asked about the Indian cities it planned to launch operations from, Boodai said that the airline would like to add Hyderabad and one more destination to begin with.
"It will depend on the bilateral air service talks between India and Kuwait later this month. But we are looking at many more destinations including Hyderabad".
To repeated questions on the fares being charged, he refused to elaborate, but said that the base promotional price was around ten Kuwaiti Dinar or about 30 Dollars.
Boodai said the airline had a new low cost model with two classes - Jazeera (economy) and Jazeera Plus (premium economy). "Fares depend on market-driven scenario and seasonal fluctuations. But the earlier you book, better price you get".
Observing that India was the largest market for West Asian airlines, he said that there was tremendous potential for growth in this sector, which Jazeera planned to tap.