IndiGo begins international services
Tuesday 06 September 2011
Budget Indian carrier IndiGo launched its first international services this month, beginning with low-cost flights to the UAE.
IndiGo, India's largest low-cost carrier, inaugurated its first flight from Delhi to Dubai September 1, the first in an expansion drive that will see it launch routes to Muscat, Singapore and Bangkok.
The other services are set to take off from October 10, according to IndiGo's website.
By next year, some 15 percent of IndiGo's total services will be international, according to the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation, expanding to compete with rivals such as the smaller SpiceJet and Air India Express.
That could make IndiGo a major player for those looking to reach India, or to use it as a hub while traveling to South East Asia.
At the Paris Air Show earlier this year, IndiGo broke a record for the largest plane order ever when it ordered some 180 models from Airbus, the majority of which were the new fuel-efficient A320-neo.
However, in a twist symptomatic of the current boom in low-cost airlines, the record was beaten a day later by AirAsia, the Malaysia-based low-cost carrier which now operates international services from its Kuala Lumpur base to places such as London, Paris and Sydney.
With IndiGo promising fares from INR9999 (€155) on international routes, the continuation of that boom may not be popular with full-service rivals such as Air India and Emirates, but it will be welcomed by consumers.
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