IndiGo, one of India’s most budget-friendly airlines, will launch flights to Turkey by April, according to various reports. The airline’s new Airbus A321neo, which can fly up to 7,400km, will operate the service.
The only airline that connects India to Istanbul for a price comparable to what IndiGo may offer is Air Arabia, which flies via Sharjah. IndiGo’s service may come as a relief to passengers, therefore, as it will be the cheapest nonstop connection between India and Turkey.
IndiGo is focusing on international expansion. It will fly to Saudi Arabia and Europe within a month, including a new service to London, according to Willy Boulter, IndiGo’s Chief Commercial Officer.
Indigo’s expansion plan includes code-sharing, which allows passengers to transfer benefits onto partner carriers and provides seamless travel to new destinations.
“We are very excited to be launching our first codeshare with Turkish Airlines. Apart from supporting our upcoming direct services to Istanbul, this strategic partnership will expand the choices available to our customers for journeys beyond Istanbul, using Turkish Airlines’ extensive network,” said Rahul Bhatia, Director and Interim CEO at IndiGo.
With the expansion to Turkey, IndiGo will operate to 15 short-haul international destinations. IndiGo will have six long-haul international destinations by mid-2019. Between October 2018 and March 2019, IndiGo has started or will start flights to Afghanistan, France, Germany, Iran, Maldives, Saudi Arabia (Jeddah, Madinah, and Dammam), Thailand (Phuket), the UK, Vietnam, and China.
IndiGo has a fleet of 160 aircraft and has roughly 39% of India’s market share.
Istanbul, home to one of the world’s largest airports, is attracting airlines from all corners of the earth. A new airport, which will replace Ataturk, will cover 76.5 million square meters and will have the largest terminal under one roof. The new airport will be quiet at first, but it will have capacity for at least 200,000 passengers each day.
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