DELHI | MUMBAI
Indian carriers are making southern India an integral part of their expansion plans, especially international, as the region presents the perfect gateway to short-haul international routes and also to take on AirAsia India which will base its operations in Chennai this year.
In the winter schedule this year, Chennai and Bangalore had a double-digit growth in the number of daily domestic flights taking off from those two cities. Hyderabad for the first time had more than 100 daily domestic flights from the airport.
“What has helped increased flights is airlines like AirAsia India stating that they will use Chennai as their base of operations and following such announcements, we have seen other airlines such as IndiGo, Jet Airways and SpiceJet increase daily flights from Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad,” said an official at the state-run Airports Authority of India which runs the Chennai airport.
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