AirAsia India (formerly AIX Connect), a low-cost carrier, officially started operating from Surat International Airport on March 3rd, making it the 19th airport in the airline’s domestic network.
Surat International Airport
The activities were flagged off by a large number of prominent personalities, including the minister of civil aviation, representatives of the Gujarat state government, and many others.
Daily nonstop flights from
With daily nonstop flights linking the new network addition with Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, the Indian low-cost airline’s start with Surat International Airport is quite ambitious.
The flights would also link Surat to other airports in the airline’s network via simple one-stop routes, including Bagdogra, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Guwahati, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Lucknow, Ranchi, Srinagar, and Visakhapatnam.
AirAsia India’s flight schedules to and from Surat International Airport are as follows:
|Flight number||Departure time||Arrival time||Frequency||Aircraft type|
|I5 612 (BLR – STV)||14:25||16:15||Daily||Airbus A320|
|15 613 (STV – BLR)||16:45||19:00|
|I5 744 (DEL – STV)||08:20||10:00||Daily||Airbus A320|
|I5 745 (STV – DEL)||11:00||12:40|
|I5 588 (CCU – STV)||13:55||16:30||Daily||Airbus A320|
|I5 592 (STV – CCU)||17:05||19:40|
Ankur Garg, AirAsia India’s Chief Commercial Officer said
“We are happy to start a business in Surat, one of India’s cities with the fastest growth rates and one that has a bright future ahead of it. Surat was the best option for AirAsia India’s upcoming destination because of the area’s robust economic potential and ongoing development.
We are dedicated to providing outstanding value and a pleasurable traveling experience for our guests. We have 21 weekly direct flights at convenient times linking Surat with Bengaluru, Delhi, and Kolkata.”
A special gourmet offering for visitors on the inaugural flights was provided to passengers on those flights as well as the start of flight operations, which was signaled by prominent public personalities. They received a free dessert called “Shrikhand Mousse,” which is a hybrid dish.
The chefs of TajSATS, which provides food on all of its flights, have created a specifically curated dessert called “Shrikhand Mousse” that masterfully combines a traditional Gujarati recipe with a popular French dish. Through the “Regional Favourites” part of their dining menu, “Gourmair,” AIX Connect took delight in showcasing the culinary heritage of India.
The first-of-its-kind in-flight entertainment hub, AirAsia India’s very own “AirFlix,” which is accessible throughout the airline’s fleet and provides more than 6,000 hours of high-resolution video, was also included onboard the first flights. Almost 1,500 episodes of web series were available to passengers, as well as more than 1,000 movies from around the world and India.
AirAsia India’s domestic route network will continue to grow this year with the introduction of flight services to and from Surat International Airport. Air India, the nation’s flag carrier, will transfer three domestic routes to the low-cost carrier as part of the new route network rationalization plan.
Bhubaneswar and Bagdogra are the only remaining cities, however, their start dates are still uncertain as of this writing. Surat has already begun. Given how swiftly AirAsia India launched Surat after the intentions were revealed last month, it is likely that the new route additions will occur soon.
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