India's IndiGo to start offering international flights
Come August, Indian budget airline IndiGo will start flying daily to Bangkok, Singapore and Dubai from Mumbai and New Delhi, and Muscat from Mumbai.
The five-year-old airline based in Gurgaon and run by InterGlobe General Aviation Pvt. Ltd is India’s second largest airline with a market share of 18.6 percent and currently offers 221 daily flights connecting 24 destinations.
The new international routes are set to commence in August with plans to expand its route offerings to include the Maldives, Kathmandu, Jeddah, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
Commenting on the grant of the international traffic rights, a company statement said:
"This will hasten the process of Indian carriers taking back some of the market share that has been lost over the past many decades to foreign carriers. At the same time, this will allow airport operators in India to benefit from the significant investments they have made in developing the airport infrastructure necessary to meet the growing needs of the travelling public."
The company recently made history by placing an order for 180 A-320s worth US$15 billion, expected to be delivered between 2016 and 2025.
150 of the fleet will belong to the eco-efficient 'neo' series, which Rahul Bhatia, group managing director of InterGlobe Enterprises that runs IndiGo, and Rakesh Gangwal, its co-founder says "will allow IndiGo to continue to offer low fares."
No word yet on pricing but fares are likely be pegged competitively to those offered by Malaysian carrier AirAsia.
A check on AirAsia's website shows all-inclusive one-way fares from Singapore to Mumbai for S$139 (Rs 921/3,299 baht), and to New Delhi from S$180 (Rs 6,373/4,272 baht) during the month of August.