Air Asia to Withdraw its Services From Port City Vizag?
News has emerged that Thailand-based Air Asia may withdraw its Visakhapatnam-Bangkok flight from September 16.
The low-cost carrier started operating flight service from the city to Bangkok three times a week in December last year. The service also operates with almost 80% occupancy.
Along with foreign airlines, domestic airlines are also canceling their services. Alliance Air has withdrawn its services to Vijayawada and Tirupati from the city. It also relocated its airline base to Hyderabad.
Reasons for withdrawal:
Air Asia‘s decision to provide low-cost services is also a major factor.
Round Trip Service’s travel tickets are available for travelers with free baggage from Rs 6,000 to Rs 8,000 only.
More than 90 percent of international travelers still rely on travel agents for booking plane tickets. Air Asia Airlines, however, only offers low-cost (6,000 to 8,000) tickets to passengers who book directly through their website. Agent booking charges are up to 13,000.
Due to the uni-directional runway at the airport, there are only 12-13 slots per hour.
In addition, naval restrictions on flights from 6 pm to 10 pm can make it difficult for civilian aircraft to land.
It is reported that 10 slots per hour are earmarked for Navy operations and three civilian flights.