Airlines Indigo to start flights to Europe
The Indian Low-Cost carrier Indigo plans to launch flights to Europe next winter.
According to Business Standard, the carrier plans to fly from New Delhi to Paris, Madrid and London with Airbus A330 aircraft. Prices should be 30 percent lower than other competitive airlines.
To deliver effective low-cost operations, Indigo may offer full economy seating and a few premium seats. As usual in the low-cost sector, fees could apply for meals, seat reservations or priority boarding. Furthermore, it is likely, that Indigo will choose secondary airports such das Paris-Orly or London-Gatwick to minimize airport charges.
An Indigo senior executive told the paper: “The low-cost structure of IndiGo makes it ideal to offer a long-haul service. An airline’s cost is primarily towards fuel burn, aircraft acquisition, and labour — all of which are among the lowest for IndiGo.”
The report said, that Indigo is examining onward connections to other European destinations or North America.
Recently, Indigo indicated interest in buying the state-owned Air India. A possible acquisition of the airline may help for Indigo´s long-haul plans. Last week, Indigo President Aditya Ghosh said his company is still interested in acquiring the international operations of Air India but his carrier wants to commence own long haul operations without Air India.
Indigo is an Indian low-cost carrier, based in New Delhi. Its fleet consists of 155 aircraft, including Airbus A320, Airbus A320Neo and ATR 72-600. Indigo expects to receive over 370 new A320Neo aircraft in the coming years
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