Wednesday, September 04, 2019

IndiGo set to expand services to UAE, Saudi Arabia

IndiGo, India’s largest airline by marketshare, has drawn up plans to launch new and additional flights to the Middle East, mainly to UAE and Saudi Arabia, during the forthcoming winter schedule.
The Indian budget carrier may also enter into a codesharing deal with one of the Middle East-based airlines as part of its ambitious plan to grow its international operations, a senior executive of the airline said.
“The Middle East sector is a focus sector for us for our international operations. We are currently the second largest carrier from India operating in this sector in terms of seat capacities and frequency. We have plans to launch several new and additional flights in this sector in the coming months,” Willy Boulter, chief commercial officer of IndiGo, told Arabian Business.
Boulter, however, declined to reveal the details of the new flight launches because of commercial reasons.
“About 65 percent of our international operations are to the Middle East sector. As we focus on growing our international operations in the coming months, we will be adding many more flights in this sector (Middle East),” Boulter said.
Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Dammam are among the Gulf destinations IndiGo is considering for new or additional flights in the immediate future, according to airline sources.
IndiGo announced launch of direct flights to Dammam from Mumbai from mid of July, but hasn't been able to start operations due to regulatory approval issues.
IndiGo had earlier said that 50 percent of its expansion in 2019 will be from international growth. Currently, international services account for 25 percent of the carrier’s overall operations.
04/09/19 James Mathew/Arabian Business
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