Thai AirAsia grounds Bangkok-New Delhi service

Published: 24/01/2012 at 2:46 PM
Category: Featured, Retail / Services
Tag: Australia, aviation, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan

Budget airline Thai AirAsia (TAA) is pulling out of the highly contested Bangkok-New Delhi route in a retreat aimed at rationalising operations.

Chief executive Tassapon Bijleveld yesterday blamed high operating costs

Budget airline Thai AirAsia (TAA) is pulling out of the highly contested Bangkok-New Delhi route in a retreat aimed at rationalising operations. Chief executive Tassapon Bijleveld yesterday blamed high operating costs and spiralling fuel prices for the suspension of the daily service.

Bangkok Post

and spiralling fuel prices for the suspension of the daily service.

The withdrawal will begin with a cutback to four flights a week on Feb 14 from seven now and a complete suspension on March 24.

TAA became the first low-cost carrier to operate the Thailand-India sector in December 2010, with flights from the Thai capital to New Delhi and Kolkata.

TAA’s announcement of axing the Bangkok-New Delhi service came a week after its affiliated long-haul low-cost carrier AirAsia X decided to end flights from Kuala Lumpur to Gatwick airport in London and Orly in Paris.

Azran Osman-Rani, AirAsia X’s chief executive, said visa restrictions for travel between India and Malaysia and an increase in airport and handling charges in India forced the withdrawal.

AirAsia X plans to focus on its core markets in Australia, China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, opening new services and stepping up frequency.

While Mr Tassapon insisted India is a priority destination for TAA, he said any Indian route must allow for low fares.

He stressed that TAA’s daily Bangkok-Kolkata service remains intact.

Dropping the Bangkok-New Delhi…

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