AirAsia announced (14-Oct-2009) plans to launch daily services form Kuala Lumpur to Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and Kolkata on 12-Nov-2009, 16-Nov-2009 and 19-Nov-2009, respectively - see Route Changes Table for more information. The three new Indian services follow the launch of services to Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) in Dec-2008. [more]
AirAsia to launch three new India routes to Kolkata, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram
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