Tuesday, April 09, 2019

IndiGo joins other carriers in taking up Jet Airways vacant slots

New Delhi: With prime slots occupied by Jet Airways at the congested Mumbai airport getting vacated, rival airlines have been grabbing the opportunity to expand their operations from the base.

On Monday, India’s largest airline IndiGo announced expansion of its international network from the city, besides launching additional domestic destinations, to cater to the demand following withdrawal of several routes by Jet Airways.

The three new overseas services include daily non-stop flights to Jeddah and Dammam and Abu Dhabi, while the domestic services will be launched to cities such as Indore, Kochi and Patna among others, IndiGo said in a release.

“We are strengthening Mumbai as a key travel hub for domestic and international connectivity from India. We are adding Jeddah and Dammam effective June 5 and July 5, respectively. Mumbai is the commercial hub of India and we see great potential connecting the Middle East with this city,” said William Boulter, chief commercial officer, IndiGo.
Jeddah being the commercial capital and the gateway for Haj, Dammam being the growth centre in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi being a major cultural and commercial centre in UAE, are critical markets for strengthening IndiGo’s presence in the Middle East, he further said.

The services on the Mumbai-Abu Dhabi route will be operational from June 5, the airline’s release added.
“Additionally, given the rush in summer traffic and the shortfall in industry capacity, IndiGo is temporarily adding approximately 20 new departures each from Mumbai and Delhi in a phased manner from April 15,” the airline said.
Other carriers, including Vistara and AirAsia India, too have expanded services from Mumbai with Jet vacating slots.
09/04/19 Indian Express