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IndiGo gets nod to fly abroad; S’pore, Bangkok, Gulf on radar

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 19, 2011
First Published: 21:51 IST(19/1/2011) | Last Updated: 15:55 IST(24/1/2011)

IndiGo, the Gurgaon-based low cost-carrier, has got the government’s nod to fly abroad. The airline has been granted permission to operate flights to Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai and Muscat.

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IndiGo, promoted by InterGlobe Enterprises and Rakesh Gangwal, is India’s second largest airline with a market share of 18.6 %. With its fleet of 34 new Airbus A320 aircraft, the airline offers 221 daily flights connecting 24 destinations.

The airline, which completes five years of local operations in August, a key requirement to start international operations, will begin international operations during the forthcoming summer schedule starting April. In its proposal to the aviation ministry, IndiGo had shortlisted 15 international sectors.

“IndiGo is delighted to receive these important traffic rights, and is grateful to the ministry of civil aviation for approving its application in a timely manner. As IndiGo turns five in August, this approval dovetails well into its planning process,” the airline said in a statement.

“This will hasten the process of Indian carriers taking back some of the market share that has been lost over the past many decades to foreign carriers. At the same time, this will allow airport operators in India to benefit from the significant

investments they have made in developing the necessary airport infrastructure to meet the growing needs of the traveling public. The schedules and dates for the launch of these international services will be announced in the coming months,” the airline said.

The airline had last week signed a record $15.6 billion (R70,000 cr) deal for the purchase 180 Airbus aircraft.

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