AirAsia will commence thrice-weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to the port city of Visakhapatnam this October.
Speaking to the media during a meeting with Air Travellers Association in Bengaluru, AirAsia India’s general manager, Suresh Nair, said that Visakhapatnam has excellent potential because of its status as an industrial hub and busy port, proximity to significant Buddhist sites, and imminent investment in tourism development.
K Vijay Mohan, director of Holiday World Visakhapatnam, said: “Increased connectivity with South-east Asia will add inbound and outbound tourist flows, and such flights could help the destination to grow by 30 to 40 per cent annually. The beach resorts and golf courses in Visakhapatnam, in addition to Buddhist heritage sites, are a definite draw.”
Nair added that depending on the success of the route, the LCC may run flights between Bangkok and other Indian destinations too.
SilkAir currently operates four-times-weekly Singapore-Visakhapatnam flights and Air India connects the city to Dubai. Carriers such as Air Arabia and SriLankan Airlines are awaiting the Indian government’s permission to launch flights to Sharjah and Colombo respectively.