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AirAsia targets India in 2008

14 June 2007

Malaysia’s home-grown budget carrier AirAsia Bhd plans to launch its first flight to India towards end of 2008 and its first destination is likely to be Amritsar in Punjab. “I am really limited by the planes and the earliest we can look at is the third quarter of 2008.

“‘I like Amritsar, many Sikhs have written to me but I need to know more about India. I only know about their music and cricket,'” AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes told reporters after speaking at the one-day Low Cost Airline Symposium in Mumbai here Wednesday.

AirAisa X, the long haul budget carrier of AirAsia, is being prepared to do longer destinations and the huge Indian aviation market, growing at 38 percent annually, appears to be on the company’s route.

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