IndiGo, India’s low-cost airline, is considering launching dedicated freight services as the country continues to deal with low travel numbers due to the ongoing health crisis. Although the decision has not yet been made, the airline is looking for ways to increase revenue and sees cargo as a promising option. The anticipation of a vaccine, as well as the large-scale distribution that will be needed once it is available, is linked to this.
According to multiple reports, Chief Executive Officer Ronojoy Dutta is investigating the possibility of cargo-only operations. The remarks were reportedly made to the Press Trust of India (PTI) and then widely circulated in Indian media.
According to Financial Express, the airline’s CEO addressed the topic with PTI saying:
“This is being studied as a proposal. (But) No final decision yet,” -Ronojoy Dutta, CEO, IndiGo
According to sources, a mid-level IndiGo executive in charge of the airline’s alliances and aeropolitical affairs recently confirmed that his company had held preliminary talks with Airbus executives about the type of air freighter that could be used for such operations. According to an unnamed source at IndiGo, “the dedicated air freighter service is supposed to be a division within the airline.”
About Indigo airline
IndiGo is India’s largest passenger airline with a market share of 54.3% as of January, 2021. It primarily operate in India’s domestic air travel market as a low-cost carrier with focus on their three pillars – offering low fares, being on-time and delivering a courteous and hassle-free experience. IndiGo has become synonymous with being on-time.
Since its inception in August 2006, they have grown from a carrier with one plane to a fleet of 281 aircraft today. A uniform fleet for each type of operation, high operational reliability and an award winning service make them one of the most reliable airlines in the world.