AirAsia CEO, Tony Fernandes, today said that the low-cost airline is eyeing several bases, including Chennai, Bangalore and Kochi.

He said that even at Rs 70,000/kilolitre, the airline will offer nano fares. But he refused to speculate on the fares or when the airline will start its operations.

Tony Fernades has a key message that flying is not elite.

Earlier, Tony Fernandes, along with Ratan Tata, advisor to the AirAsia India board, and other senior Tata officials met Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh.

Ratan Tata and Tony drove in a Jaguar, while a second black Jaguar carried Mittu Chandilya, CEO of AirAsia India operations, and others.

In his tweet this morning, Fernandes said: “My new pilot Sir Ratan Tata flying me to Delhi. Another way AirAsia cuts costs.”

He added that he will be meeting five ministers during his stay in the Capital. He will be meeting Commerce Minister Anand Sharma after meeting Ajit Singh.

The meeting with the Civil Aviation Minister comes days after Ajit Singh said that he did not see any problem in Tony's proposal for setting up a low-cost airline in India.

Tata Group holds a 30 per cent stake in the project. Air Asia has a 49 per cent stake.

(This article was published on July 2, 2013)
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