Malaysian Low Cost Carrier Airline, AirAsia has unveiled its plans to start flights from Jaipur Airport. The airline is on an expansion spree in the Indian market and aims to operate in 15 Indian cities by the first half of 2024. Currently, it flies to 8 cities along with its Low-Cost Long Haul Subsidiary AirAsia X.
AirAsia: Flights to Jaipur
AirAsia has announced its schedule for Jaipur flights. With effect from April 21, the airline will launch scheduled commercial flights between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) in Malaysia and Jaipur International Airport (JAI) in Rajasthan, India. The airline will operate the flights four times a week. Operational days will be Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The airline will deploy its flagship narrowbody aircraft, the Airbus A320neo for this route.
Here are the timings of this route:
The Malaysian Mainline AirAsia Berhad has a fleet of 101 aircraft. This consists of 67 Airbus A320ceo, 29 Airbus A320neo, 3 Airbus A321ceo and 2 Airbus A321neos. The 3 A321ceos are freighters, operated by Teleport. The Airbus A320neo fleet of AirAsia features 186 seats in all economy configurations.
Maiden Entry to Jaipur
This is the inaugural flight of AirAsia Malaysia (airline code AK) from Jaipur to Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is a popular tourist destination for many Indians, who come for business, pleasure, and to visit temples.
Malaysia is also well-known for its delicious regional cuisine, its retail hotspots, and its deeply rooted heritage from an amalgamation of cultures. Furthermore, this route will improve connection for visitors from Malaysia going to Jaipur to take in the city’s breathtaking architecture, historic forts, and much more.
AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Bo Lingam said: In addition to launching a new route to Thiruvananthapuram, our second into the state of Kerala, last year was an important one for AirAsia’s connectivity to India in many ways. We also welcome the declaration that Indian people would no longer need a visa to visit Malaysia.
I am happy to announce today the opening of yet another new route that will connect more travelers from Rajasthan’s culturally vibrant Jaipur to Kuala Lumpur. India has consistently been one of our most significant markets; in the past six years, five million AirAsia passengers from the nation have flown to Malaysia. I’m interested to see where our expanding network will take us next.
Huge Expansion in India
In December month, the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) in its monthly report of slot disbursal announced that it has given rights to AirAsia to operate in three more Indian cities: Jaipur, Ahmedabad, and Visakhapatnam. The airline has permission to operate 4 times weekly flights to these three Indian cities.
While the permission stated that the airline could start Jaipur flights in February, the airline chose to start these flights during the start of the Summer Schedule. The Kuala Lumpur to Jaipur route is fully exclusive as no other airline is operating.
With effect from December 1, Malaysia has allowed visa-free entry for Indian citizens. Following this, Malaysian air carriers have witnessed a huge surge in demand. In 2023 end, Malaysia Airlines introduced flights to Amritsar, Ahmedabad, and Thiruvananthapuram. The twice-weekly Trivandrum flight will soon become four times weekly. Indian carriers do not have many options here as most of the traffic between India and Malaysia is connecting traffic, not Point to Point.
Malaysia-based carriers connect Kuala Lumpur to these Indian airports :
- Amritsar Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport
- Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport
- Kolkata Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
- Ahmedabad Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
- Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
- Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
- Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport
- Chennai International Airport
- Trichy International Airport
- Trivandrum International Airport
- Cochin International Airport