Air India Express, a premier low-cost airline is a subsidiary of the national carrier Air India. With its headquarters in Kochi and engineering center in Thiruvananthapuram, the airline was started to cater to the Malayalee expatriate communities in the Middle East. Though the airline was established in the beginning of May 2004, it began its operations only from April 2005. Its first international flight was from Thiruvananthapuram to Abu Dhabi.
This budgeted airline has been welcomed by many as it offers efficient service, world class hospitality, comfortable seats and standardized meal boxes. All passengers are entitled to complementary refreshments and mineral water. Other snacks and reading material can be purchased on-board.Air India Express also offers entertainment facility. Air India Express operates in all international destinations that can be reached within a short duration of four hours from the Indian cities. As of June 2014, it has daily flights to 13 international destinations, mostly Middle East and South Asia. Singapore, Colombo, Bahrain, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Dhaka, Dubai, Salalah, Al Ain, Muscat and Kuala Lumpur are the few destinations. This airline operates close to 100 flights per week mainly from the South Indian states such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.