Sim Kok Chwee, Singapore  (2006-10-30)

AIR India Express is the first Indian low-cost carrier to head east to South-east Asia, having launched a five-weekly service between Chennai and Singapore on October 29.

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Sim Kok Chwee, Singapore  (2006-10-30)

AIR India Express is the first Indian low-cost carrier to head east to South-east Asia, having launched a five-weekly service between Chennai and Singapore on October 29.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, chairman of Air India and Air India Express, Mr V Thulasidas, said: "Singapore is a key destination with potential for onward connections and in its first year of operation, we expect it to perform as well as our Gulf routes.

"For future expansion, we are looking at Tiruchirappalli (Trichi), Hyderabad, Bangalore and other Indian cities within four hours of Singapore."

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, traffic between India and Singapore grew 22 per cent in the first nine months year-on-year while passenger movements on the Chennai-Singapore sector grew 15 per cent in the same period. Fares 15 to 50 per cent lower than those of legacy carriers are expected to further stimulate leisure travel between both countries.

Mr Thulasidas disclosed merger talks between Air India and Indian Airlines are proceeding smoothly and are expected to lead to an agreement in March 2007. The integration of the two carriers' operations is expected to take a further 18 months.

 
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