DGCA approves AirAsia India to operate under the Air India Express brand

AirAsia India will be permitted to operate under the Air India Express brand until the official merger of the two carriers.

Air India Express and AirAsia India have come together on a single platform to offer you the best of both worlds. As subsidiaries of Air India, both airlines are united in their commitment to delivering cost-effective, reliable, and convenient flight services across India and internationally.

Air India Express is India’s first budget airline on regional international routes, operating under an LCC business model. It operates direct point-to-point services connecting key cities in India with destinations in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Set up in 2005, it has emerged as the largest LCC on the India-Gulf route, with a significant presence across the region. The airline connects 34 destinations in India and abroad with over 700 flights per week. In January 2022, Air India Express, together with its parent company Air India, was successfully privatized, with ownership returning back to the Tata group that had initially founded Air India.

AirAsia India, on the other hand, began its journey in 2013 as a joint venture between Tata Sons Private Limited and AirAsia Aviation Group Limited and has since grown to become one of the leading domestic airlines. With the capacity to serve over a million guests every month, AirAsia India connects 19 destinations across India, including key metro cities.