Thursday, February 09, 2017

Delays in new aircraft addition to hit IndiGo's expansion plan

New Delhi: Delays in adding new aircraft to its fleet have led IndiGo to push back plans of more flights to Gulf countries and Southeast Asia, marking the first such deferment in the expansion of its overseas network by India's biggest commercial airline by market share.

The Gurgaon-based airline, which is seeking to add Qatar and Sharjah to its list of destinations, has told the Civil Aviation Ministry in a letter last month that proposed route additions will be deferred by at least a month. Delays in inducting new aircraft have led the company to postpone the plans, according to the letter seen by ET.

“IndiGo is, however, unable to commence operations to Sharjah and Doha and on the Kozhikode-Muscat route in the month of March 2017 as delivery of four aircraft scheduled for the month of March 2017 is now falling toward end-March 2017early April 2017, such that these aircraft will be able to enter into service progressively only by mid-April 2017. As such, IndiGo will be in a position to commence flights on India-Sharjah and India-Doha routes... and KozhikodeMuscat route progressively only be tween 1st April and 15th April 2017,“ IndiGo's letter dated January 24 says.
09/02/17 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times

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