IndiGo is getting ready to expand internationally by adding six additional locations in Asia and Africa.
From Mumbai, the airline will offer direct flights in late July or early August connecting Nairobi, Kenya, and Jakarta, Indonesia. Additionally, Delhi will have connections to Baku, Azerbaijan, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as well as Almaty, Kazakhstan, in September and Tbilisi, Georgia, in August.
In order to meet the growing demand for international travel from, to, and via India, IndiGo will also add 174 additional weekly international flights between June and September of this year. These flights will include new destinations, routes, and frequencies.
In August, IndiGo will begin daily service from Delhi to Hong Kong, expanding passenger travel options. When Covid19 struck three years ago, this flight was put on hold; it will now resume.
The next few months will see the launch of more direct international services connecting Dammam to Lucknow, Chennai, and Kochi; Abu Dhabi to Goa, Lucknow, and Ahmedabad; Ras Al Khaimah to Hyderabad; Bahrain to Kochi; and Jeddah to Ahmedabad, bringing more Indian cities closer to Middle Eastern destinations.
“We will be able to increase our footprint across four continents, including our initial expansion into Africa and Central Asia, and the addition of these exciting new destinations, new direct flight routes, increased aircraft frequencies, and strategic codeshare relationships.
In addition to our 78 domestic destinations, with this network extension, IndiGo CEO Pieter Elbers noted, “We will now directly touch 32 international destinations (up from 26).” Additionally, he claimed that the airline is carrying out its goal of “Towards New Heights and Across New Frontiers” and is prepared to build unmatched links between people and places.
The development coincides with the government’s initiatives to establish India as a global aviation centre as well as a period of increasing demand for international travel to, through, and from India.