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Low Cost Airlines in Asia

Last Update: March 29th, 2005

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This year more new no-frills airlines will emerge in Asia than in any previous year since Air Asia launched in 2002. India, in particular, is expecting to see as many as twelve new low cost airlines including Kingfisher, Air India Express, spiceJet, Air One, Indus Air, East West, Go Air, Visa Air, Yamuna Airways, Magic Air, Skylark and a proposed low-cost service by Alliance Air.

In China, tentative low cost airline projects include Yinglian and Spring and Autumn Airlines. In Vietnam, rumours persist that the government might convert its state-owned cargo carrier, Vasco into a domestic budget airline. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, Oasis plans to become the world's first long-haul low cost airline.

For updates on these stories and other developments across the Asian continent, keep watching this space. If you think we have missed a story, please send your comments or a link to the relevant newspaper article to our Asian low cost airlines newsdesk.

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Pakistan's Aero Asia seeks to fly to India

[Monday, 9th May]  The Pakistan low fare carrier Aero Asia is seeking permission to become the first private airline to fly between Pakistan and India.

At present Aero Asia flies domestically within Pakistan and internationally to the Gulf States of Oman, Qatar and the Emirates.

See article: http://www.deepikaglobal.com/ENG4_sub.asp?ccode=ENG4&newscode=102101

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Air India Express website goes live

[Thursday, 24th March]   After some anticipation, this week sees the launch of the Air India Express website. Air India's budget subsidiary will operate from four domestic airports - Calicut, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai and Delhi - and will connect to four Gulf destinations including Dubai & Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and Salalah & Muscat in Oman.

Air India Express says it will also look to expand to Chennai in India and introduce further international routes to Kuwait, Bahrain, Doha and Sharjah in the Gulf as well as to Bangkok in Thailand, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and to Singapore.

Air India Express is the fourth Indian budget airline to have an online presence. The others include Air Deccan, Kingfisher and spiceJet.

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