Malaysian Airline AirAsia is actively expanding its operations in the India-Malaysia Market. The airline has revealed its plans to fly to one more Indian city: Ahmedabad. On December 1, the Malaysian Government allowed visa-free travel facilities to Indian citizens. Since then, airlines have witnessed a huge surge in travelers between both countries. AirAsia is currently making strategic moves to leverage this surge.
AirAsia: Connection to Ahmedabad Airport
With effect from May 1, Kuala Lumpur International Airport-based AirAsia will commence operations at Ahmedabad Sardar Vallabh Bhai International Airport. The airline plans to operate four times a week on this route on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday. The aircraft equipment to be utilized for this route will be the Airbus A320.
AirAsia Malaysia currently manages a fleet of 101 Airbus A320 family aircraft, with 75 aircraft in service. The operational A320 fleet consists of 51 A320ceo and 20 A320neo aircraft. Both aircraft are configured with 180 and 186 Economy class seats, respectively.
Here is a look at the flight timings:
AirAsia is providing special prices for travelers from Ahmedabad who want to visit Kuala Lumpur in honor of this milestone. Bookings made through January 28, 2024, for travel from May 1, 2024, to March 19, 2025, may be made for as little as INR7,999 to the Malaysian city and as little as RM209 from Kuala Lumpur to Ahmedabad using the Airasia Superapp or www.airasia.com.
Kuala Lumpur to Ahmedabad marks the eleventh route for AirAsia in the Indian market. Within just 20 days of 2024, the airline has announced flights to three Indian destinations. AirAsia is due to start flights to Thiruvananthapuram and Jaipur. Flights to Trivandrum will commence in February, while Jaipur will witness exclusive operations from April.
Due to its tropical climate and diverse culinary offerings, Malaysia is slowly gaining popularity among Indian travelers. Furthermore, it is one of the most important gateways for the Australian and New Zealand markets. Airlines like AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines are trying their best to capitalize on this one-stop market.
AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Bo Lingam announced this new route with enthusiasm. He ensured that the airline is committed to increasing affordable travel options between Malaysia and India. He added that this market segment is untapped and has a lot of potential. The airline will encourage more affordable travel to various undiscovered destinations in India, primarily Tier-II cities.
More Flights Coming
In December, AirAsia secured approval from the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) to operate flights to three Indian cities: Jaipur, Ahmedabad, and Visakhapatnam. The airline has already opened bookings for flights to the first two cities. It is expected that bookings for Vizag will start soon. MAVCOM has granted AirAsia four weekly flying rights to Visakhapatnam. It can start flying from April month.
Furthermore, Malaysia Airlines is all set to enhance its frequency on the Kuala Lumpur to Trivandrum route from twice weekly to four times a week. MAS started flight services to Amritsar, Ahmedabad, and Thiruvananthapuram towards the end of 2023.
The presence of Indian airlines is negligible in this market. Malaysian Air Carriers dominate in this market. The majority of the traffic in this market consists of connecting traffic to Australia, the United States of America, or New Zealand. Air India in its recently updated route map added Kuala Lumpur as one of the potential destinations. There are slim chances that the airline may look at Kuala Lumpur as one of its future destinations in Southeast Asia.