Wednesday, May 16, 2018

India’s largest passenger airline is about to add 24 international destinations to its arsenal

IndiGo Airlines, India’s largest passenger airline with a market share of 39.5% as of March 2018, is planning to soar higher and wider by expanding its operations to 24 international destinations within the next 18 months.

According to Economic Times, the company plans to include 18 short haul destinations in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and China, and six long-haul flights to cities in France, Germany, Belgium, the UK and Switzerland. For this, the airline may purchase additional dual-aisle aircraft.

Its current fleet of 163 aircraft essentially caters to domestic passengers - 42 domestic and 8 international flights. However, it plans to increase its aircraft fleet to 200 by the end of the current fiscal year.

The airline is slated to commence flights to Afghanistan, France, Germany, Iran, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and the UK between October 2018 and March 2019. And between March and October of 2019, it will offer flights to Belgium, Italy, Myanmar, Switzerland, Thailand, Vietnam and China. Currently, IndiGo flies to Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Sharjah).
15/05/18 Kavita Majumdar/Business Insider