Post resumption of regular international flights from March 27, the country’s leading budget carrier IndiGo has announced that it will operate flights on more than 150 routes, providing direct flight connections from key cities in India to destinations across the Middle East, South, and South-East Asia. Along with this, the airline has also announced 100 domestic flights to enhance its regional network in the summer schedule.
The international flights under the scheduled commercial operations will operate from cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Amritsar, Kozhikode, Kochi, Chandigarh, Tiruchirappalli, Thiruvananthapuram, and Mangaluru. The international destinations include Dammam, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Jeddah, Riyadh, Doha, Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore, Colombo, Dubai, Kathmandu, Maldives, and Dhaka. Scheduled operations on more than 150 routes will be restarted in a phased manner through April 2022.
Flights to these routes had earlier been operating under air-bubble agreements with the respective countries.
Scheduled operations from destinations in Thailand have already commenced from March 27, 2022. The resumption of these flights will bolster India’s connectivity with the globe and aid in the acceleration of economic and tourist activities that had been impacted by the pandemic, said IndiGo. In addition to these flights, IndiGo has also announced the commencement of bookings for flights to Muscat and Kuala Lumpur starting operations in May 2022 and, to Istanbul in June 2022.
Commenting on the development, William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo, said, “We are pleased to resume our scheduled international operations. Following the easing of restrictions, we are witnessing a huge demand for international travel. We hope that this enhanced connectivity with various destinations across the continent will provide a boost to the travel and tourism sector while proving to be a catalyst for economic revival. As India’s leading airline, IndiGo remains committed to playing its part in helping the nation bounce back. We will do so via our signature on-time, courteous, and hassle-free service at affordable fares, across an unparalleled network.”
In its bid to strengthen connectivity, IndiGo has also launched its summer schedule including 100 flights connecting key metro and regional cities in India, starting from March 27. The airline is introducing exclusive flights between Pune-Mangaluru, Pune-Visakhapatnam, Hubli-Hyderabad, Amritsar-Lucknow, Jaipur-Patna, Jaipur-Varanasi, Jammu-Indore, Jammu-Varanasi, Bhopal-Chennai, and Tirupati-Tiruchirappalli. The airline is also adding a second frequency between Amritsar-Srinagar, Chennai-Bhubaneshwar, Indore-Jaipur, Chandigarh-Hyderabad, and commencing operations between Prayagraj-Lucknow under the RCS route.The airline will be resuming operations exclusively between Madurai-Tirupati, Pune-Ranchi, Pune-Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata-Dehradun, Hyderabad-Dehradun, Hyderabad-Srinagar effective March 27 and Ahmedabad-Agra, Ahmedabad-Ranchi from June 2. Additionally, the airline is resuming operations between Chennai-Shirdi, from March 29.
IndiGo is also commencing additional frequencies connecting Bhubaneshwar- Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar-Hyderabad, Mumbai-Vadodara, Mumbai-Bengaluru, Mumbai-Delhi, Mumbai-Chennai, Bengaluru-Delhi, Bengaluru-Chennai, Bengaluru-Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata-Guwahati, Hyderabad-Coimbatore, Hyderabad-Delhi, Hyderabad-Goa, Hyderabad-Indore, Hyderabad-Vijayawada, Chennai-Delhi, Chennai-Pune, Chennai-Vizag, Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai-Tiruchirappalli, Delhi-Chandigarh, Indore-Jaipur.
On this, Sanjay Kumar, Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer, IndiGo, said, “We are pleased to announce these 100 flights to strengthen our domestic network. These new and recommenced routes will not only enhance our domestic connectivity across regions but also cater to the city-specific travel demand. Reinforcing inter and intra-regional connections between North, East, South, and West, these flights will also promote trade and tourism across the regions. We will continue to offer new routes as per the travel demand in various sectors. It is our endeavour to consistently provide IndiGo’s signature on-time, courteous and hassle-free service at affordable fares, across an unparalleled network.”