AirAsia expands India air links

BHUBANESWAR, 2 May 2017: AirAsia marked another milestone, last week, as the first international airline to operate direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Bhubaneswar, India.

The airline’s latest new route offers four weekly direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to the capital city of India’s Odisha state.

A ceremony was held at Biju Patnaik International Airport to celebrate the arrival of flight AK31 which flew in on an Airbus A320 into Bhubaneswar, India, last Thursday.

AirAsia Berhad chief executive officer, Aireen Omar, said: “We are officially the first airline to offer an international route to Bhubaneswar…India is an important market for  AirAsia and this new route is a reflection of our commitment towards enhancing our connectivity in the country.”

The airline plans to grow its cover in the Indian market in line with the governments’ recent announcement to expand the number of slots for Malaysians carriers to operate between the two countries, she explained.

“Through this, we hope to help boost the tourism and trade between India and Malaysia, while we continue to provide our guests with better connectivity as well as offering them the best services in and out of India.”

The flight is linked to the airline’s popular Fly-Thru service that allows passengers to transfer flights with their baggage checked-through to the final destination without the hassle of immigration clearance at the transit hub. This service is available to Bhubaneswar from most cities in Asia and Australia, such as from Melbourne, Auckland, Bali, Bangkok or Haneda to Bhubaneswar via the airline’s Kuala Lumpur hub.

AirAsia Group also connects Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Kochi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, New Delhi directly to Kuala Lumpur, and from Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and Kolkata directly to Bangkok in Thailand.

Bhubaneswar is the capital of the Indian state of Odisha, formerly known as Orissa and has a population of over 2 million people. It has a rich history of over 3,000 years and is now a rapidly growing city with commercial districts and a buzzing tourism sector with new upscale hotels, shops and restaurants.