(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

Sanjay Kumar steps down as AirAsia India COO after a year

  • The resignation comes exactly after a year Kumar had joined the airline
  • Before AirAsia, Kumar headed network and commercial operations at IndiGo

AirAsia India Ltd Chief Operating Officer Sanjay Kumar has resigned citing personal reasons, the company confirmed to Mint. The resignation comes exactly after a year Kumar had joined the airline.

Kumar joined AirAsia India, a joint venture between Tata Sons Pvt Ltd and Malaysia-based Air Asia Investment Ltd, on 3 December 2018. Before AirAsia, Kumar headed network and commercial operations at India’s largest airline by market share, IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation Ltd.

Tata Sons owns 51% in AirAsia India, while the Malaysian company holds 49%. Tata Sons has another joint venture with Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) – Vistara or Tata SIA Airlines Ltd. Tata Sons holds 51% stake in the joint venture and Singapore Airlines owns 49% stake in the budget carrier.

AirAsia plans to expand its India operations by increasing fleet size to 29 aircraft by the end of December, as it aims to raise frequencies to metro cities and prune unprofitable routes in the upcoming winter schedule, Kumar had said in October.

AirAsia India operates 175 daily flights to over 20 destinations across the country, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata.

The airline operates an Airbus A320 fleet that’s powered by CFM engines. CFM International is a joint venture between US-based GE Aviation and French aerospace engine manufacturer Safran Aircraft Engines.

The directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) approved the operation of 1,345 departures every week by AirAsia India in the upcoming winter schedule between 27 October 2019 and 28 March 2020. This is an increase of 326 departures every week compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

This will enable the airline to increase the frequency of flights on busy metro routes, including Mumbai-Pune, New Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Bengaluru, New Delhi-Hyderabad, Guwahati-New Delhi, Guwahati-Kolkata, Guwahati-Bengaluru, and New Delhi-Srinagar.

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