Sixteen years ago, India touched a new milestone in civil aviation history with the introduction of the country’s first international budget carrier – Air India Express.
Marking the launch of the Airline, three flights took off simultaneously from Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode on 29th April 2005. The LCC was Air India’s response to growing demand for flights to the Middle East regions around that time.
Since the launch, there was no looking back for us, thanks to the growing patronage of our customers. Over the years, the Airline underwent many changes to cater to the changing demands of the passengers.
Today, we operate to 14 international destinations and 19 domestic destinations. The Airline has reported net profit for five consecutive years till 2019-20, when the figure touched a new high.
But we’re in no mood to celebrate. The second wave of the pandemic has been throwing new challenges at us every day. We’ve been part of the Vande Bharat Mission since its start to help fellow citizens travel to their destinations amid COVID-19 restrictions.
Giving back to the community
We believe in inclusive growth. Our achievements are of no value if it fail to make a positive impact on the society.
Recently, Air India Express ramped up its cargo operations for transporting perishable cargo, especially fruits and vegetables, one of the most sought after goods by the NRIs. This was aimed at helping rural farmers and traders, struggling to export their goods amid the pandemic restrictions. Between 1st April and 5th May 2021, our flights carried 1930 tonnes of cargo. We hope this will help to keep the supply chains intact despite the pandemic situation.
‘Ente Edakkad’ is another initiative that won laurels from many sectors. It is is an end-to-end waste management project, being implemented in association with Mathrubhumi at Edakkad grama panchayat in Kozhikode district of Kerala. It has won the World Malayalee Council’s Environmental protection award and the ‘CSR Impact Award’ constituted by the Dalmia Bharat Foundation and CSRBOX.
As Air India Express turns 16, we thank all our employees – those working in the frontline, and those running the show from behind the stage–for their solid commitment and sacrifice.
On this occasion, we pledge to stand together to serve our passengers better and overcome this crisis together.