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AirAsia begins Bengaluru bonhomie

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Bengaluru: Low cost aviation giant AirAsia announced its shuttling services between Bengaluru and Bangkok at a Press conference here on Monday.

After its successful flight in Chennai, AirAsia hopes to expand its market through Bengaluru. The airline operator said that services between the two metros would be available five days a week. Thai AirAsia CEO, Tassapon Bijleveld said, “Thailand is increasingly being viewed as a wedding destination by many Indians and we hope to provide them with affordable and comfortable travel.” He also stated “There is huge potential in the Indian aviation market and we hope to tap this potential.”

Echoing this sentiment, Royal Thai counsel general, Somsak Triamjangarun said “While weddings may bring Indians to Thailand, education opportunities are bring Thai students to Bengaluru, and this service would be mutually beneficial considering the fact that India contributes significantly to the Thai tourism industry.”

Speaking about the business opportunities this new endeavor would bring, Dr Rathan Kelkar, IAS, CEO, Centre for E-Governance, said, “This venture would boost business ties between Karnataka and Thailand which share common elements in history and culture.”

Through its introductory offer, AirAsia announced that its tickets would cost Rs 4,000 between Bengaluru and Bangkok.

– Akash S Vadanan, II MS COM

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