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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Business & Industry Features) Mon, Jul 1, 2013

AirAsia plans to grow aggressively its Indian affiliateOs fleet AirAsia plans to grow aggressively its Indian affiliate's fleet by adding 10 aircraft a year and will focus operations on the country's less-served airports, the group's chief executive Tony Fernandes said on Monday July 1. AirAsia India, a joint venture between the Malaysia-based low-cost carrier, India's Tata Group and investment firm Telestra Tradeplace, is expected to begin a domestic service from Chennai in the fourth quarter of 2013. It will focus on connecting under-utilised airports within India instead of offering services to the country's main hubs Mumbai and New Delhi, Fernandes told a press conference in Mumbai. To do this, it has an "aggressive" plan to add 10 Airbus A320 aircraft a year to its fleet, he added. "Game plan is very simple. We want to have the lowest fares, we want to improve connectivity within India. We think there are a lot of routes that are just not done," he said. "If you look at air travel, it's so concentrated on Delhi and Mumbai... there is a huge amount of airports that are under-utilised." India's low-cost aviation sector is developing slowly, with the three main budget carriers operating only about 130 planes across the country of over a billion...

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