Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bangkok-Bangalore route indefinitely delayed

India's airline Kingfisher, won't be starting direct flights between Bangalore and Bangkok this month, after all.

That doesn't mean it will never happen. According to a Bangkok Post report, the airline had to choose between expanding at home or expanding abroad.

However, the airline did launch five more domestic routes on March 29. They are between Mumbai and Vadodara, Mumbai and Thiruvan anthapuram, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Aurangabad, and Bangalore and Kozhikode.

Based in Bangalore, the airline was founded only three years ago by the flamboyant Vijay Mallya. Kingfisher recently won three awards in an annual competition run by Skytrax, a respected London research company. I'm a little puzzled by the "Best Low-Cost Airline in India and Central Asia" one, though. Over a year ago, when Skytrax acquired Deccan, India's first budget airline, it did acquire a low-budget division. And domestic flights in India are cheap in comparison to North America or Europe. But hasn't Kingfisher always styled itself as a premium airline with all the comforts?