29. June 2011 10:48
India’s leading no-frill, low cost carrier IndiGo recently announced that it will begin its international operations to various destinations from September 2011.
IndiGo has so far been operating flight services in several domestic destinations in India.
The airline in a statement disclosed that its international operations will commence with the launch of daily Delhi-Dubai flights from September 1, 2011.
Besides, the airline will also start operating its new Delhi-Singapore route from September 8. The airline will begin Delhi-Bangkok flight services from September 15.
IndiGo also said that it will begin international flight operations from Mumbai. The airline said that it will launch its Mumbai-Dubai and Mumbai-Bangkok flight services from October 2, 2011.
Further, the airline has also revealed that it has applied for starting flight services from Kolkata to Bangkok and Dhaka. The IndiGo plans to begin its international flight operations from Kolkata next year after the routes are approved by Indian civil aviation authorities.
The airline said in its statement said that options of more flights operations exist on international sectors because 34 percent of the route authority still remains to be utilized from Indian side.
Aditya Ghosh, CEO of IndiGo, said that the airline feels happy in launching its international flight operations to Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore from September 2011. “The all-inclusive return fare for each of these destinations will be Rs 9,999 only considering the stiff competition that exists in the Indian airline industry,” said the IndiGo CEO and added, “On the inaugural fare the IndiGo will be offering 25,000 seats.”
Regarding the expansion plans of IndiGo, Ghosh said that considering the current population versus aircraft ratio there is pertinent need for 60 aircrafts on a monthly basis. However, there are around 400 commercial aircrafts in the country today.
IndiGo, the second largest airline in India, currently has a 39-aircraft fleet. It will be expanding its fleet and already placed orders for 180 Airbus A320.