AirAsia India seeks permission from civil aviation ministry to start overseas flights; plans to target Southeast Asian countries

  • Airlines were earlier required to fly for at least five years on domestic routes before being allowed to fly internationally

  • AirAsia India had announced the induction of 20th aircraft in its fleet, making it eligible to fly on international routes

  • AirAsia India is 51 percent owned by Tata Sons, while the remaining 49 percent stake is held by Malaysian AirAsia Berhad

Budget carrier AirAsia India has reportedly sought official permission from the civil aviation ministry to start overseas flights as it has completed four-and-a-half years of operations in the domestic sector, a media report said.

The airline is reportedly targetting Southeast Asian countries in the beginning, The Economic Times said, citing an aviation ministry official.

The report added that the airline's application will be considered by the group of ministers (GoM) headed by the Union finance minister.

Airlines were earlier required to fly for at least five years on domestic routes before being allowed to fly internationally.

 AirAsia India seeks permission from civil aviation ministry to start overseas flights; plans to target Southeast Asian countries

Representational image. Reuters

In December last year, AirAsia India had announced the induction of 20th aircraft in its fleet, making it eligible to fly on international routes.

Airlines can operate in overseas markets by having 20 aircraft in the fleet or 20 percent of total capacity (in terms of average number of seats on all departures put together), whichever is higher for local operations, according to the 2016 civil aviation policy.

The CBI had launched a probe against AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandes, Tata Trust executive and AirAsia India non-executive director R Venkataramanan for allegedly lobbying the government for international flight permits and violating rules that prevent foreign airlines from controlling an Indian operator.

In March 2018, the then MD and CEO Amar Abrol of AirAsia India had set a target to commence flights to overseas destinations by January 2019.

He said the company would serve those markets which were already connected by the airliner's group entities -- AirAsia Malaysia, AirAsia Indonesia, AirAsia Thailand.

"We will be flying mostly to Malaysia, Indonesia and neighbouring SAARC countries as well. Bangladesh, Nepal and so on and so forth," he had said.

Launched in June 2014, AirAsia India's 51 percent is owned by Tata Sons, while the remaining 49 percent stake is held by Malaysian no-frills carrier AirAsia Berhad.

With inputs from PTI

 

 

To keep watching India’s No. 1 English Business News Channel – CNBC-TV18, call your Cable or DTH Operator and ask for the Colors Family Pack (inclusive of 24 channels), available for Rs. 35/- per month, or subscribe to the channel for Rs. 4/- per day.

To keep watching the Leader in Global Market & Business News – CNBC-TV18 Prime HD, call your Cable or DTH Operator and ask for the Colors Family HD Pack (inclusive of 25 channels), available for Rs. 50/- per month, or subscribe to the channel for Rs. 1/- per day.

The Great Diwali Discount!
Unlock 75% more savings this festive season. Get Moneycontrol Pro for a year for Rs 289 only.
Coupon code: DIWALI. Offer valid till 10th November, 2019 .

Updated Date: Jan 28, 2019 15:38:52 IST