New chief executive for AirAsia India

New chief executive for AirAsia India

AirAsia India has appointed Mittu Chandilya as chief executive, effective June 1st 2013.

Mittu has a unique mix of leadership experience ranging from a successful entrepreneurial start-up, to country, regional and global leadership roles within multinational organisations and finally to high-impact management consulting experience, said a statement from the company.

Group chief executive of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes said: “Mittu Chandilya is an outstanding young man with great entrepreneurial skills.

“He is very passionate about the LCC business and possesses the crucial understanding on how our business model works.

“He came from a highly competitive industry and experienced different business temperaments by working in many parts of the world, so he’s perfect for the ever-volatile aviation business.

“India is an important market for us, and a chief executive of Mittu’s stature and business acumen will definitely help us to attain significant market share and achieve rapid growth in India.”

At present, AirAsia through its operations based in Thailand and Malaysia, connects Chennai, Bangalore, Thiruchirapalli (Trichy), Kochi and Kolkata to Asean.

Chandilya said: “I am a native of Chennai, and I am excited about returning to India to revolutionize the air travel industry here.

“I am looking forward to being part of the dynamic AirAsia family, and most importantly, to bring a whole new meaning to the word ‘flying’ to consumers in India.”