IndiGo takes UDAN to Tier-II & III cities

Low-cost air­line IndiGo is work­ing to­wards ex­pand­ing its net­work in and out­side In­dia, while con­tribut­ing to the com­mu­nity through its var­i­ous CSR ac­tiv­i­ties.

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For IndiGo, 2017 has been a year of growth and ex­pan­sion, says San­jay

Kumar, Chief Com­mer­cial Of­fi­cer, IndiGo. “With a grow­ing de­mand for low-cost air travel, IndiGo con­tin­ues to trans­late var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties, from en­hanc­ing the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence to adding ca­pac­ity and des­ti­na­tions across its route net­work. We have al­ready started our op­er­a­tions to five new des­ti­na­tions namely, Shar­jah, Am­rit­sar, Madu­rai, Doha and Man­galuru and will be start­ing op­er­a­tions to Dhaka soon. Also, in line with the UDAN scheme, IndiGo will soon embark on a jour­ney to build a na­tion­wide re­gional net­work and con­nect cities that have not ben­e­fit­ted from the growth in In­dian avi­a­tion. In 2017 and the years to come, IndiGo will con­tinue to ex­pand to high-de­mand cities be­tween In­dia and over­seas to pro­vide con­ve­nient travel op­tions for busi­ness and leisure trav­ellers,” he adds.

With the gov­ern­ment’s UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Na­grik) scheme, IndiGo is op­ti­mistic of grow­ing its net­work fur­ther. “We do see a tremen­dous amount of growth op­por­tu­nity in Tier-II and III cities and we think that there are many such op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­ploy these planes prof­itably,” shares Kumar.

IndiGo was one of the first air­lines to put a bid for pur­chas­ing the na­tional car­rier Air In­dia, which is cur­rently con­sid­ered for dis­in­vest­ment by the gov­ern­ment. In a call with their an­a­lyst and pro­mot­ers, IndiGo has al­ready said that the in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions of Air In­dia would give a much-needed boost to the air­line, which ma­jorly op­er­ates in the do­mes­tic mar­ket.

While Kumar did not speak on the Air In­dia deal, he said that they recorded growth last year as well and look at the fu­ture with hope. “The year 2016 was an­other year of growth for IndiGo as we com­pleted 10 years of op­er­a­tions. Hav­ing flown over 153 mil­lion pas­sen­gers till De­cem­ber, IndiGo has main­tained a con­sis­tent growth tra­jec­tory in the In­dian mar­ket

since its in­cep­tion and 2016 saw var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties that the air­line trans­lated from en­hanc­ing the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence to adding ca­pac­ity to meet the grow­ing de­mands and also cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. From a fleet size of 124 air­crafts in De­cem­ber 2016, 41 des­ti­na­tions and 883 daily flights, the air­line to­day has 139 Air­bus A320 air­crafts, over 900 daily flights, 46 des­ti­na­tions across In­dia and abroad, and has car­ried over 200 mil­lion pas­sen­gers till date, res­onat­ing with IndiGo’s phe­nom­e­nal growth in the In­dian skies. In 2016-17, we have seen a to­tal of seven new des­ti­na­tions (Port Blair, Dehradun Shar­jah, Am­rit­sar, Madu­rai, Doha and Man­galuru)."

For fleet ad­di­tion, in the quar­ter end­ing June 30, 2017, IndiGo signed a term sheet with Avions de Trans­port Re­gional G.I.E. (ATR) for the pur­chase of 50 ATR 72-600 air­crafts with the flex­i­bil­ity to re­duce the num­ber of air­craft de­liv­er­ies based on cer­tain con­di­tions, re­veals

Kumar. “This term sheet is sub­ject to reach­ing a mu­tu­ally sat­is­fac­tory fi­nal pur­chase agree­ment with ATR and the engine man­u­fac­turer,” he adds.

Apart from that, IndiGo is mak­ing sure to give to­wards the com­mu­nity as well. “IndiGo is sup­port­ing a na­tion­wide 'Rally for Rivers' aware­ness cam­paign that started on Septem­ber 1, 2017. ‘Rally for Rivers’ or 'Nadi Ab­hiyaan' is a na­tion­wide aware­ness cam­paign by Sad­hguru Jaggi Va­sudev and Isha Foun­da­tion. From Septem­ber 15, the air­line pro­moted spe­cially cu­rated con­tent through e-tick­ets and wa­ter cups on board across its net­work, till the end of Septem­ber. This makes IndiGo the first In­dian car­rier to join the move­ment, in sup­port to re­vive the dy­ing rivers of the coun­try.”

San­jay Kumar


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