Air India Express to Focus on Low-Cost, Leisure Routes

Air India Express

The airline’s MD outlines plans for consolidation and targeting price-sensitive travelers

Air India Express, a subsidiary of the Air India Group, is planning to focus on low-cost routes and leisure travelers as part of its strategy for the future. Managing Director Alok Singh emphasized the importance of consolidating its presence on existing routes and achieving meaningful scale in the industry. The airline aims to reach destinations where Air India does not fly and cater to a higher component of price-sensitive customers and leisure travelers.

As part of the Air India Group’s consolidation efforts, Air India Express will not operate on high-yield routes like Delhi-Mumbai, allowing Air India to serve those segments. Both airlines will collaborate and share resources to cater to the needs of international travelers, especially in tier-2 and tier-3 cities.

Alok Singh mentioned that the integration of back-end platforms, processes, and manuals between Air India Express and AIX Connect (formerly Air Asia India) has been completed. The legal process for the consolidation is expected to conclude by the end of March next year.

Air India Express New Routes

While competing with market leader IndiGo, Air India Express will leverage its strengths and network connectivity. The airline aims to achieve a market share of around 20% on short-haul international routes and 15% on domestic routes.

Consolidation, profitability, and catering to price-sensitive travelers are at the core of Air India Express’s future plans, as the airline navigates the competitive aviation market in India.

Routes of Air India Express

Here is the list of destinations served by Air India Express:

Country (State)CityAirportStatus
BahrainManamaBahrain International Airport
BangladeshDhakaShahjalal International AirportTerminated
India (Andhra Pradesh)VijayawadaVijayawada International Airport
India (Chandigarh)ChandigarhChandigarh AirportTerminated
India (Delhi)DelhiIndira Gandhi International Airport
India (Goa)DabolimDabolim Airport
India (Gujarat)SuratSurat Airport
India (Jammu and Kashmir)SrinagarSheikh ul-Alam International AirportTerminated
India (Karnataka)BangaloreKempegowda International Airport
India (Karnataka)MangaloreMangalore International AirportSecondary hub
India (Karnataka)KannurKannur International AirportSecondary hub
India (Karnataka)KochiCochin International AirportHub
India (Karnataka)KozhikodeCalicut International AirportSecondary Hub
India (Karnataka)ThiruvananthapuramTrivandrum International AirportSecondary hub
India (Madhya Pradesh)IndoreDevi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport
India (Maharashtra)MumbaiChhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
India (Maharashtra)NagpurDr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International AirportTerminated
India (Maharashtra)PunePune AirportTerminated
India India (Punjab)AmritsarSri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport
India India (Rajasthan)JaipurJaipur International Airport
India (Tamil Nadu)ChennaiChennai International Airport
India (Tamil Nadu)CoimbatoreCoimbatore International Airport
India (Tamil Nadu)MaduraiMadurai AirportTerminated
India (Tamil Nadu)TiruchirappalliTiruchirappalli International AirportSecondary hub
India India (Telangana)HyderabadRajiv Gandhi International Airport
India(Uttar Pradesh)LucknowChaudhary Charan Singh Airport
India (Uttar Pradesh)VaranasiLal Bahadur Shastri Airport
India (West Bengal)KolkataNetaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport
MalaysiaKuala LumpurKuala Lumpur International AirportTerminated
OmanMuscatMuscat International Airport
SalalahSalalah Airport
QatarDohaHamad International Airport
Saudi ArabiaDammamKing Fahd International Airport
RiyadhKing Khalid International Airport
SingaporeSingaporeChangi Airport
Sri LankaColomboBandaranaike International AirportTerminated
ThailandBangkokSuvarnabhumi AirportTerminated
United Arab EmiratesAbu DhabiAbu Dhabi International Airport
Al AinAl Ain International Airport
DubaiDubai International AirportSecondary hub
Ras Al KhaimahRas Al Khaimah International Airport
SharjahSharjah International Airport
list of destinations served by Air India Express

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