India’s leading airline, IndiGo has seen a major increase in terms of International to International traffic. The airline has major ambitions of implementing hub and spoke model in India.
IndiGo : International traffic increasing
In an interview to Lavpreet Kaur of Deccan Herald, IndiGo Head of Global Sales Vinay Malhotra said that the airline is experiencing major increase in transit international traffic. This means the traffic which originates from non-Indian city and ends in non-Indian city via an Indian city which as of now, is most probably Delhi.
Mr. Malhotra talked about various routes, which have witnessed this increase. They are :
- Dubai to Phuket
- Bahrain to Phuket
- Tbilisi to Bangkok
Yesterday only, the airline operated the inaugural service between Delhi and Tbilisi. IndiGo believes that there is a major potential in the market which they are tapping right now. Almost 57 countries allows visa-free entry to Indian citizens. Add to that, penetration of Indian passports is about 7 percent. The airline has got a good response initially and hopes to upgrade this routes in future.
The airline recently inaugurates non-stop flights to 3 International destination – Nairobi, Jakarta and Tbilisi. It is currently deploying the flagship Airbus A320neo aircraft on this routes. Malhotra says that when an airline starts operations to a certain airport, it has to look at variety of factors like slots availability, bilateral rights, etc. As stated earlier that the airline has got good initial response. If this continues, it will upgrade the routes from 180 seater Airbus A320neo to 232 seater Airbus A321neo. When asked about sales and profits from these routes, the HGS said that the airline is at a nascent growth stage and hence, it is too premature to talk about economic statistics.
The airline has seen a marginal rise in passengers due to fall of GoFirst Airways operations. GoFirst suspended its operations in early March and filed for insolvency proceedings. Around 15% of GoFirst routes lapse with IndiGo and hence, the airline has seen a slight increase in bookings on those routes.
Last year, the airline carrier 86 million passengers across the network. This year,it plans to transport 100 million passengers. The task seems achievable given the fleet and mind behind IndiGo’s operations.
Not just short haul market, the airline says that with the Turkish Airlines codeshare agreement, it now flying :
- 8X daily to United Kingdom
- 7X daily to France
- 5X daily to Switzerland
The airline recently started one-stop US flights via the codeshare agreement. With delivery of the Airbus XLR expected in 2025, the airline will launch direct operations to several cities in Europe and Far East. IndiGo has recently leased 2 Boeing 777s from Turkish Airlines to carry out Istanbul operations as a traffic feeder to the Istanbul based airline. These Boeing 777s mark a significant milestone for IndiGo as this is the first time that the airline is flying widebody aircraft. Since inception, the airline has flown the single aisle jets. Recently, reports emerged that the airline is in talks with Boeing and Airbus for ordering 25 widebody aircraft.
Source Credits : Deccan Herald