AirAsia adds Thiruvananthapuram to India route network

An AirAsia Malaysia Airbus A320neo on the tarmac.
Melvinn (FN2187), CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

India’s southern city of Thiruvananthapuram is slated to become the ninth direct Indian route service for budget carrier AirAsia.

AirAsia has unveiled its latest venture into India’s southern gem, Thiruvananthapuram, slated to commence on 21 February 2024.

This new network addition also marks AirAsia’s second direct route to Kerala, the picturesque state often referred to as ‘God’s Own Country.’

Thiruvananthapuram Unveiled

Thiruvananthapuram, also known as Trivandrum, beckons with its enchanting blend of architectural marvels and mouth-watering Kerala cuisine.

This city, steeped in history, promises travelers a unique experience as they navigate through its quaint markets and immerse themselves in its cultural richness.

AirAsia’s journey in connecting Malaysia to India began in 2008 with Tiruchirappalli as its inaugural route.

Fast forward to 2024, and the airline is set to launch its 9th route to India, solidifying its commitment to providing seamless travel experiences.


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Currently, AirAsia operates 6 direct routes to South Indian cities via AirAsia Malaysia (AK) ‒ Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bengaluru and Kolkata as well as 2 direct routes to Northern India ‒ Amritsar and New Delhi via AirAsia X (D7).

A Tata Group Air India and an Air Asia India aircraft parked together.
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CEO Riad Asmat’s Insights

Riad Asmat, CEO of AirAsia Malaysia, spoke about the issue of strengthening the airline’s presence in India. He reflects on the significant milestone achieved last year when AirAsia resumed key destinations in India post-pandemic.

Asmat highlights the airline’s popularity among Malaysian travelers, holding an impressive 47% market share of international air connectivity between the two nations.

AirAsia’s Impact on the Indian Landscape

Over the last decade and a half, AirAsia has played a pivotal role in transforming the travel landscape in India.

Asmat emphasizes the airline’s role in connecting millions of travelers affordably, fostering a closer bond between Malaysia and India. The new route to Thiruvananthapuram is poised to further contribute to this transformative journey.

800 Million Guests and Beyond

As AirAsia celebrates the remarkable feat of flying over 800 million guests since 2001, the announcement of the Thiruvananthapuram route adds an extra layer of excitement.

To commemorate this milestone and the upcoming launch, AirAsia is offering irresistible fares from RM199 all-in one-way, inclusive of free 20kg check-in baggage.

Travel enthusiasts can seize this opportunity to plan their journey between 21 February 2024 to 26 October 2024.

To embark on this journey to Thiruvananthapuram, interested travelers can take advantage of the exclusive fares by booking between today and 26 November 2024.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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