AirAsia announced plans to launch four times weekly Kuala Lumpur-Mumbai service on 06-May-2010 and daily Kuala Lumpur-Delhi service on 04-Aug-2010 – see Route Changes Table Table for more information (Press Trust of India, 20-Apr-2010). The carrier will also launch daily services from Kuala Lumpur to Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad on 17-May-2010, 20-May-2010 and 20-Jul-2010, respectively, and daily Penang-Chennai service on 28-Apr-2010.
AirAsia announces details of Indian expansion from end of Apr-2010
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India is also a market of interest for Indigo. However, the firm is not interested in North Asia at this point, despite that region's much lower LCC penetration rate. Australia is also not of interest as it is already mature.
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