Dubai: Budget carrier AirAsia India expects revenue to double to Rs1,200 crore ($186 million) this calendar year, and triple to Rs1,800 crore in 2018, its chief executive said on Tuesday.
The airline, a tie-up between Malaysia’s AirAsia Bhd and India’s Tata Sons conglomerate, made revenue of Rs600 crore in 2016, chief executive Amar Abrol told reporters at an industry conference in Dubai.
Air passenger traffic in India, the world’s fourth biggest market, is growing at over 20% annually.
Abrol declined to say when the airline expected to turn a profit, but said it was targeting to launch its first international route in January 2019 which would most likely be to either Malaysia or Thailand.
Under new rules, domestic airlines can fly overseas as long as they deploy 20 aircraft or 20% of capacity in India, whichever is higher. Airlines previously had to wait five years before they were permitted to fly on foreign routes.
AirAsia India’s fleet will increase to 21 Airbus A320 jets by the end of next year, up from 13 today, Abrol said. Reuters