Tuesday, November 15, 2016

IndiGo exploring more slots for Gulf

With newer carriers focussing on overseas operations after the government relaxed 5/20 norms, leading Indian carrier, IndiGo that has traditionally focussed on domestic operations, is now eyeing on increasing foreign operations, especially to Gulf nations.

The airline is exploring for more flying slots to different Gulf nations with the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), according to a top government official.

A senior airline official said as other newer carriers like AirAsia India, Vistara and GoAir are gearing up for overseas operations, IndiGo does not want to lag behind and so is exploring the best way out remain at the top.

The budget carrier owns over 40% of India’s domestic aviation market share and will add at least 18 more narrow-bodied planes to its current fleet of 122 aircraft by March 2017.

The airline has placed an order for 430 fuel efficient A320neo aircraft, which would add to its fleet in phases. Airline sources  said with this big number of deliveries the carrier cannot limit its operations within India.

”It cannot fly to far Europe, United States or Australia. And so their best bet is Gulf and south Asian destinations. This is where they are focussing...” said an official.
14/11/16 Sanjay Singh/The New Indian Express

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