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AirAsia India adds one A320 aircraft, to launch 3 new routes

It will introduce flights from Ranchi to Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

File photo of An AirAsia counter staff attends to a customer at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia. (Photo: Reuters)

Domestic budget carrier on Friday said it has inducted a new Airbus in its fleet and will commence flight services to three new routes from from next month.

will introduce from to Bengaluru, and Bhubaneswar, besides scaling up the frequency on Bengaluru-route, the airline said in a statement.

"We are happy to add new routes connecting tier-II cities, while making affordable to one and all," India's managing director and chief executive officer Amar Abrol said.

With the induction of the new plane, has now a fleet of 13 A320 aircraft, which are not in sync with its plans of adding 10 aircraft per year, announced at the time of launch in June 2013.

plans to aggressively grow its Indian joint venture fleet by adding 10 planes a year and "will become a very big hub for us eventually," group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes had said at the time of launch of services more than three years ago.

With a meagre 3.4 per cent market share in the April-June quarter of the fiscal and just 13 aircraft with 16 destinations in its network, the Bengaluru-headquartered airline is struggling to match with the competitors in the world's one of the fastest market.

Low cost carriers account for over 70 per cent of the total domestic air passenger traffic which stood at 9.65 million in July this year.

currently flies to Kochi, Goa, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Pune, Guwahati, Imphal, Vizag, Hyderabad, Srinagar, Bagdogra, and and Bhubaneswar from its three hubs - Bengaluru, Delhi ad Kolkata.

First Published: Sat, September 09 2017. 01:08 IST