INDIA & MIDDLE EAST: IndiGo to go international from Sept

IndiGo will begin international flights from September 1, starting with Dubai, Singapore and Bangkok it announced recently. The carrier also plans to start flights to Kathmandu and Muscat soon, Aditya Ghosh, president of India’s largest budget airline by market share, told Indian media. Ghosh said international operations are expected to generate higher yields for IndiGo […]


IndiGo will begin international flights from September 1, starting with Dubai, Singapore and Bangkok it announced recently. The carrier also plans to start flights to Kathmandu and Muscat soon, Aditya Ghosh, president of India’s largest budget airline by market share, told Indian media. Ghosh said international operations are expected to generate higher yields for IndiGo than those locally, while also saving on fuel expenses “as the cruise time is higher, which leads to higher efficiency. We will target high-density traffic international routes,” he said, adding that the carrier will use a total of eight to nine planes for its international operations by March. Full-service carriers Jet Airways (India) Ltd., Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. and Air India Ltd. also operate international flights. Under government rules, an Indian carrier is eligible to start overseas flights only after completing five years of domestic operations and acquiring a fleet of 20 planes. IndiGo, which has 39 Airbus planes, will complete five years in August. The airline currently operates 259 daily flights to 26 destinations across India.