NEW DELHI: AirAsia India has received the no objection
certificate (NOC) from the Civil Aviation Ministry, clearing the way for its venture to start its operations in India.
"I am thrilled to announce that AirAsia India has received the NOC approval from the government of India.
"Very exciting and hugely profitable," tweeted AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.
Fernandes said AirAsia India chief executive officer Mittu Chandilya and team have been clearing all the tasks he had asked them to undertake.
"We are very thankful to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for granting the no objection certificate to us so quickly. This is the fastest an NOC has been granted and with this, we will focus on obtaining the air operating permit," said Chandilya.
He said AirAsia India would continue with its preparations and get itself ready for take-off once the air operating permit was acquired and it looks forward towards being one of the dynamic contributors to the development of the Indian aviation industry.
AirAsia India is confident it will be able to replicate the success of its counterparts in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia.
Enabling people to fly affordably through superior operational performance and by emphasising on a focused and disciplined cost structure will tremendously benefit the Indian consumer, he said in a statement.
The NOC means AirAsia India would now be able to import aircraft into its base in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Fernandes had said before that the operations in India would continue to use Airbus A320.
The next move for AirAsia India would be to apply for an airline licence from the aviation regulator Directorate-General of Civil Aviation.
Once that is done then the operations can kick-off.
AirAsia India, which already started hiring in India had plans to
start flying by year-end, with initial focus in South India.
Chandilya said the airline currently has a fleet of three Airbus A320 aircraft and over 200 staff at present.
AirAsia India is a 40:30:21 joint venture between AirAsia Bhd, Tata Sons and Arun Bhatia’s Telestra Tradeplace Pvt Ltd.-- Bernama