After a 5 year gap, low cost carrier AirAsia to fly from Mumbai again
Five years after AirAsia stopped operating flights from Mumbai due high operation costs, the low-cost carrier is set to make a comeback with daily flights from the city to Bali via Kuala Lumpur.
all flights to and from Mumbai due to high operation costs, the low-cost carrier is set to make a comeback with daily flights from the city to Bali via Kuala Lumpur.
The flight, operated by AirAsia X Indonesia, will start from May 19. The airline plans to fly on the route seven times per week using Airbus A330-300 aircraft that can accommodate 377 passengers.
The flight will cover the Mumbai-Bali route in around 9 hours 25 minutes, with a 65 minute layover at Kuala Lumpur. Indian nationals can travel without visa to Bali for upto 30 days and won’t need a Malaysia visa for the quick stopover.
The airline has already started marketing the one-way flight with a promo fare of Rs 7,900, including taxes. Its spokesperson has said that the launch of Mumbai-Bali route opens the city to other flights from Bali like Jakarta, Yogyakarta and others.
Apart from Mumbai, the airline has also opened a new international route to Macau, China to cater to the high demand.
“The growing number of Chinese and Indian tourists coming to Indonesia boosts our spirit to launch the new routes,” AirAsia Group CEO for Indonesia Dendy Kurniawan was quoted saying.
AirAsia had garnered a lot of publicity back in 2010 when it had started offering tickets for as low as Rs 200 to travellers flying on the Mumbai-Kuala Lumpur route.
However, the airline pulled out its flights from Mumbai two years later citing high congestion and operation costs.