Six more cities con­nected

In­digo has re­cently launched seven new flights con­nect­ing six des­ti­na­tions in the do­mes­tic sec­tor, and placed or­ders for 28 A-320 air­craft worth more than $15 bil­lion with Air­bus.

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Re­cently, In­diGo launched seven new flights on its do­mes­tic net­work. It will now op­er­ate a new daily di­rect flight be­tween Mum­bai and Jammu, a new di­rect flight be­tween Chen­nai and Kochi, a sec­ond daily flight be­tween Mum­bai and Srinagar, a sec­ond non-stop flight be­tween Chen­nai and Trivan­drum. Be­sides th­ese, it will also start a sec­ond non­stop flight be­tween Mum­bai and Trivan­drum, a sec­ond daily non-stop flight be­tween Jammu and Srinagar and third di­rect flight be­tween Mum­bai and Kochi. Also, from June 15, In­diGo will con­nect Mum­bai and Mus­cat with daily and di­rect flights. Th­ese new ser­vices will fur­ther con­sol­i­date In­diGo with 422 flights con­nect­ing 33 des­ti­na­tions across the na­tion.

In a re­cent in­ter­view to CNN, In­diGo Pres­i­dent Aditya Ghosh said he is con­tent with ex­pand­ing the net­work in a phased man­ner. “They (other air­lines) fly dou­ble the num­ber of planes than we have, but we fo­cus on busi­ness,” said Ghosh.

The car­rier’s ASKMs, a mea­sure of ca­pac­ity in the air­line in­dus­try, grew 25% year-on-year dur­ing Jan­uaryMarch 2013 to 5.5 mil­lion, even as in­dus­try-wide ASKMs de­clined 4% to 18.83 mil­lion. In­diGo’s in­creas­ing ca­pac­ity has been fur­ther aided by its high seat fac­tor. In April, the air­line had seat fac­tors of 83.8% and dur­ing the first three months of the year, it av­er­aged 82.7%. The

Delhi-based bud­get car­rier has been re­cently granted per­mis­sion by the Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion, Govern­ment of In­dia, to im­port 28 A-320 air­craft in 2013 and 2014. Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany state­ment, “The ad­di­tional air­craft will en­able In­diGo to take its low-fare and has­sle-free ser­vice to more cus­tomers and en­able stronger con­nec­tiv­ity within In­dia and abroad.”

Aditya Ghosh

Pres­i­dent In­diGo

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