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Ahead of the festive season, low-cost carrier AirAsia India on Wednesday announced flights on six new routes, connecting Chennai with Ahmedabad, Goa, Mumbai and Visakhapatnam, Mumbai with Goa, and Jaipur with Kolkata as it expects an increase in demand.

In a release, the airline said that all the new routes are now open for bookings.

Identifying the demand forecast in the festive season and driven by its efforts to enhance the air connectivity in the country, the airline has embarked on a steady growth path as the travel industry recovers, AirAsia India stated in the release.

"Cognizant of the rise in passenger demand forecasted during the festive season, we continue to strengthen our network across India with these six routes," AirAsia India Chief Commercial Officer Ankur Garg said.

"Despite the current situation worldwide, AirAsia India continues to push for robust domestic connectivity to aid the economic growth in the country with strong emphasis on safe and secure travel," he added.

With offerings such as 'Flex Fares' allowing customers the flexibility to change their travel dates unlimited number of times at no additional cost, AirAsia India is focused on ensuring a convenient and hassle-free travel, the airline said.

The development comes as AirAsia Group Bhd. has reportedly stopped funding its Indian affiliate as the global travel slump leaves the Malaysian group struggling to support a sprawling empire of no-frills airlines.

As per reports, AirAsia India’s future now depends on Indian conglomerate Tata Group, its majority shareholder, which has provided emergency funding but has yet to commit to a full rescue.

With agency inputs

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