DGCA set to issue AirAsia permit this week


The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is expected to clear AirAsia’s operating permit this week paving the way for launch of low cost airline’s India operations. AirAsia India is a joint venture of AirAsia Berhad, Malaysia, Tata group and Telestra Tradeplace and will launch the services from its Chennai hub with Airbus A320 planes.

A senior DGCA official said “Our team is in Chennai to conduct inspections and assess preparedness. If no deficiencies are found we will clear the application.” He added that the application could be cleared in next few days.

AirAsia has only indicated that it will fly to tier II and III towns in South India and open up new routes. In its application to DGCA it had listed Bangalore, Trichy, Madurai, Coimbatore, Cochin, Goa Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Pune as line stations or destinations. The airline known for its ultra low fares is yet to announce its route network.

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