MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The head of AirAsia says Asia’s leading budget carrier is hoping to begin operations in India in two to three months.

The carrier this month won a court approval to operate in India after delays because of domestic airlines’ opposition.

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Tony Fernandes, AirAsia group chief executive officer, said Friday AirAsia India will begin flying with two planes.

Airlines in India are unprofitable despite a market of 1.2 billion people due to high costs and cut-throat competition. But Fernandes says AirAsia has studied the market and “we feel moderately optimistic.”

He says with a new government giving rise to optimism, “it’s a good time to be in India.”