The budget carrier GoAir is expanding its service geography to new destinations such as Hanoi and Phnom Penh, reports claim. The airline may also deploy additional capacity to Bhutan soon. It is worth noting that the no-frills carrier owned by Wadia Group is the fastest-growing airline of India and has recently announced many international routes.
Wadia group-promoted carrier has been on a slew of expansion in recent months. It launched to and fro services to Delhi-Abu Dhabi, Delhi-Bangkok, Mumbai-Muscat, and Kannur-Kuwait. Some of its services run on the temporarily allotted slots of the grounded Jet Airways, which it has the right to operate until September this year.
GoAir, which started flying international from October last year, currently operates to Phuket, Male, Abu Dhabi and Muscat.
Arjun Dasgupta, Vice President – International Operations, GoAir, had earlier revealed the airline’s plan to expand to Southeast Asia and SAARC countries. He said that the expansion plan would be based on its available fleet. Its Airbus A320 Neo aircraft can fly for six hours. GoAir has also recently expanded its fleet size by inducting 51st plane. The airline plans to add one plane each month.
Commenting on the expansion, Jeh Wadia, Managing Director, GoAir, said to media last week, “We have embarked on an aggressive expansion plan and the new flights are a manifestation of that strategy. This is a milestone moment for us to have announced seven new international destinations within a year of commencement of our international operations. The global and regional expansion has been planned to allow quick and convenient connections for passengers and is a reflection of our continued journey towards excellence. ”
GoAir has also been trying for international expansion via codeshare agreement.
GoAir has flown approximately 73.3 million passengers since its inception. The airline targets to touch the milestone of 100 million passengers in the next two years.