India’s largest air passenger carrier IndiGo has been steadily expanding its presence in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In a move to expand further, the airline plans to add destinations such as Hanoi and Chengdu to its flight schedule from September onwards.
Flights to China and Vietnam will commence in September
IndiGo’s Chief Commercial Officer William Boulter confirmed that the organisation has received all the required clearances from Vietnamese authorities to begin operations from India to Hanoi. Apart from Hanoi, flights will also operate to Ho Chi Min City. Flight tickets will soon be available for sale. It will operate daily non-stop flights between Delhi-Chengdu-Delhi effective September 15, 2019. TE reached out to IndiGo for a comment on this new development but there was no response.
IndiGo wants to expand international presence
Aside from Asia, the airline is also reviewing its strategy for Europe. It is utilising its Turkish Airline codeshare agreement which allows passengers to fly through Istanbul on a ‘6E code’. This agreement between both the airlines will allow for a seamless travel experience for passengers. This is possible because of the extended global network. IndiGo entered into its first codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines in 2019. It provides passengers with extended connectivity to 12 destinations in Europe.
The airline wants to rapidly increase its international presence. In the Middle East sector, it has expanded its services to Jeddah, Dubai and Kuwait. Boulter said, “Of our total expansion this year, roughly 50 per cent will be on international operations.”
Presently, the airline offers 18 international destinations out of which 11 were announced in 2018-19. Additionally, it has been growing its fleet size as well by adding at least one aircraft every week. It now has a fleet of over 230 aircrafts including A320ceos, A320neos, A321neo and ATRs. IndiGo has already deployed its new acquired A321 aircraft for various international sectors.
Apart from international operations, IndiGo has recently expanded its domestic operations as well. New routes under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) which are serviced via ATR aircrafts have been established.