AirAsia India to Add Three More Airbus A320neo Aircraft

posted on 30th November 2020 by Eddie Saunders
AirAsia India to Add Three More Airbus A320neo Aircraft

By Brent Foster,

AirAsia (I5) India will add three more Airbus A320neo aircraft to a growing fleet by June of next year. Having previously reported sustained traffic growth, I5 already has 2 Airbus A320neo aircraft in operation.

2020 has been a challenging year for all airlines including I5, which had to suspend flights for two months at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expansion Amid the Pandemic

An I5 spokesperson said the airline is “soon planning to amp up our capacity to 70 per cent” from the current 55% of 2019 operating capacity.

The Civil Aviation Ministry had been incrementally increasing the allowable capacity for airlines in an attempt at fostering a safe, gradual recovery. Airlines were first allowed 45% of capacity from June 27, then around 60% from September 3, and lastly at 70% as of November 11.

With the addition of Airbus A320neos and a gradual resumption in operations, I5 is doing the best it can to recover amid regulation.