Thursday, January 13, 2011

IndiGo set to offer international flights to India

Budget airline IndiGo is planning to offer international flights in the near future as it expands its fleet.

The carrier is hoping to eventually offer flights to India from a number of destinations in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, according to IndiGo's president, reports Bloomberg News.

Aditya Ghosh explained that the airline is unable to offer the new flights until August because of regulations but is already considering a sale-and-leaseback of 180 Airbus A320 planes.

The additional aircraft could help IndiGo compete with other India-based airlines such as Air India and Jet Airways.

Binit Somaia, the Sydney-based director for South Asia at the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation, said: "The Indian market is looking very strong. IndiGo should be successful on overseas routes if it can maintain its on-time performance and highly efficient operations."

The airline offers a number of internal flights within India, including flights to Mumbai from Goa, Kochi, Delhi and Lucknow.

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