China Key Focus In IndiGo’s International Expansion Spree
Budget carrier IndiGo will aggressively focus on China and other Southeast Asian nations to boost the airline’s international network, a top company official said.
IndiGo has launched services to four destinations in China and Vietnam in the last one month alone.
“We are focused on growing our services in China and Southeast Asia, as well as in the Middle East. We see that India-China access is becoming one of the very important set of routes to operate,” William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo, told PTI.
Interglobe Aviation Ltd.’s IndiGo inaugurated operations in China with the Delhi-Chengdu service on Sept. 15. Flights on the Kolkata-Guangzhou route were launched on Oct. 20.
It is likely to fly to another destination in that country “early next year”, the senior company official said.
“We are looking at some of the destinations in China where there is less competitive capacity, like Guangzhou and Chengdu...” Boulter said.
He added that IndiGo expects China to be a large contributor to its international network going ahead.
India’s largest airline with around 50 percent share in the domestic passenger market, also launched direct flights to Vietnam's Hanoi (Oct. 3) and Ho Chi Minh City (Oct. 18) from Kolkata.
Expanding the carrier’s presence in the Middle East, IndiGo had inaugurated services in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia from Delhi on Oct. 12, making it the second destination in the Kingdom following Jeddah.
“We expect near-full occupancy for the new destinations in the next six-eight months, which is the usual gestation period when foraying into new markets,” Boulter said.