IndiGo plans to expand to Europe by October 2018

Interglobe Aviation seeks approval to fly to key European cities

Aviation

February 6, 2018

/ By / New Delhi

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Low cost airline IndiGo is venturing into the global market, expanding its reach to various European cities in 2018, while also looking to fly to other countries not so far from India.

Interglobe Aviation, the operator of budget airline IndiGo, has sought the aviation ministry’s approval for flying to key European cities.

The airline hopes to start flying to the European cities of Frankfurt and Paris, and to Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham in the UK, starting October 2018, as part of its global expansion plans. There are also plans to reach Brussels, Rome, Milan and Zurich in 2019.

IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh has written a letter to the ministry on January 25 seeking approval for the same, Indian media has reported.

Earlier the airline sought to acquire state-owned Air India for global expansion, but the move is coming  across as an alternative to the airline’s plan. IndiGo had shown interest in buying the national carrier primarily to expand its global reach.

As per media reports,  IndiGo said it is open to inducting aircraft such as Boeing’s 777 and 787 for its expanded international operations. The airline currently operates a fleet of Airbus 320s (short-haul aircraft) and ATRs (regional aircraft). Air India’s fleet has both Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

The largest Indian airline by passengers carried, IndiGo also plans to reach Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, China, Brunei, Thailand, Singapore and the Middle East, and plans to use its existing update for some of these short-haul international destinations.

The airline is still waiting to reach Dubai and looking forward to a solution on preferential allocation of slots for Indian carriers at the airport there and waiting for any increase in bilateral rights.

IndiGo also shared its plan to induct Airbus 321s, which will be deployed on flights to Bahrain from New Delhi and Mumbai and to connect Chennai and Ahmedabad with Kuwait during the summer schedule, which begins in March and ends in October.

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