India’s largest Low Cost Carrier, IndiGo has added 3 more international destinations in its growing network map. The airline has launched non-stop flights to Georgia, Indonesia and Kenya.
IndiGo : More international destinations
India’s largest airline by fleet and market share continues to grow its international network. The airline has now set its eyes on African and Central Asian region for expansion. The Low cost carrier has launched direct flights to Nairobi (Kenya), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Tbilisi (Georgia). Even after this introduction, Mumbai to Istanbul route remains the longest route to be operated by the airline.
Lets have a quick look at the 3 new services :
Mumbai to Nairobi
India and Kenya has a deep connection because of huge Indian Diaspora in the East African country. In February this year, the government was expecting Indian tourist footfalls to reach at least half a million. Two players were already operating between India and Kenya. Kenya Airways, the Kenyan flag carrier is operating 2X daily flights between Nairobi and Mumbai. On the other hand, Air India is operating 3X weekly flights between Delhi and Nairobi. Earlier, Air India used to operate these flights from Ahmedabad, but shifted to Delhi during the Winter Schedule of last year.
The latest entrant in the block is IndiGo. It has introduced direct flights between Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM) and Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). The airline will operate daily flights with the Airbus A320neo aircraft. On 5th August, the airline operated inaugural flight with Airbus A320neo registered as VT-IZH. IndiGo has picked Swissport Kenya for the ground handling service provider at Nairobi Airport.
A look at flight schedule :
6E 1853 : Takeoff from Mumbai at 02:10 hrs & Arrival at Nairobi at 05:40 hrs
6E 1854 : Takeoff from Nairobi at 06:40 hrs & Arrival at Mumbai at 15:25 hrs
Mumbai to Jakarta
Pre-pandemic, Garuda Indonesia used to operate direct flights on this route. But suspended the service during COVID-19. Since then, there was no connectivity between India and Indonesia. Now, IndiGo has started daily flights between Mumbai CSMIA and Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. It operated the inaugural flight on 7th August with Airbus A320neo registered as VT-IPF. The airline will operate daily flights on this route without any direct competition.
A look at flight schedule :
6E 1601 : Departs CSMIA at 07:55 hrs. Reaches Jakarta at 16:10 hrs
6E 1602 : Departs Soekarno-Hatta at 17:05 hrs. Arrives at Mumbai at 21:30 hrs
Delhi to Tbilisi
3rd destination, which IndiGo introduced is none other than the Georgian Capital – Tbilisi. The airline introduced 3X weekly flights between Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport and Tbilisi International Airport. Yesterday, Airbus A320neo registered as VT-ISZ operated the inaugural flight. A look at the flight schedule :
6E 1807 : Departs Delhi at 20:10 hrs. Arrives Tbilisi Airport at 23:45 hrs
6E 1808 : Departs Tbilisi at 00:45 hrs. Arrives at Delhi at 07:10 hrs
If you think that this is the first time IndiGo is operating on this routes, then you are wrong dear. If you are an aviation enthusiast from pandemic era, you would know that under the air bubble agreement, IndiGo operated many chartered flights to these destinations. Then CEO Ronojoy Dutta even said that the demand is very high that the airline will consider to start scheduled flights to these destinations. And now, it is happening. Not just Jakarta, Nairobi and Tbilisi, IndiGo also operated chartered services to Yerevan, Milan, Vientiane, Dar es Salaam, Moscow, Baku, Tashkent, etc.
These routes are not just good for passenger traffic but have high cargo volumes as well. IndiGo is transporting loads of Pharma cargo to Nairobi. Head of Global Sales Vinay Malhotra said that they have got a good initial response and if this continues, the airline will consider replacing the aircraft equipment from 180 seater Airbus A320neo to 232 seater Airbus A321neo.
Source Credits : FlightRadar24