In the recent development of events, Indigo has launched six new flights on Monday connecting the city of Kanpur to some major cities of the country, namely Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. The airlines said in a statement that the flights would operate every day of the week except for Sunday.
The Civil Aviation Minister of the country, Jyotiraditya Scindia flagged the approval of the flight’s operation on Monday. The launch of these flights made Kanpur the 71st domestic city, which has been connected to other parts of the country by Indigo.
A Step Towards Domestic Expansion
The Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer of Indigo, Sanjay Kumar, in a statement, said that the introduction of these new flights would connect the city of financial and industrial significance, Kanpur, to other major hubs in western and southern India while initiating trade and commerce with these regions.
Earlier, Indigo launched six other flights from Indore, connecting the city to cities in Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. Those flights were initiated in order to meet the increasing travel demand in the cities of these states.
Indigo currently controls the majority of the domestic aviation industry and looks to solidify its network by expanding it each passing day.
The reason behind these expansions might be related to the growing competition in the industry. The Chief Executive Officer of Indigo, Ronojoy Dutta, said in a statement that they would be looking to expand their global network as well. He talked about how the acquisition of AIR India by a private player now makes them a formidable competition for Indigo. He anticipated the rise in competition in the domestic market after Air India began its operations without any financial burden.
On the other hand, Akasa being launched next year is expected to be a low-cost carrier and is expected to up the competition in the domestic territory. Even one of the cofounders of Akasa is Aditya Ghosh, who had worked with Indigo for around a decade and is credited for the success of the airline. However, Ronojoy Dutta said that it would take a few years for Akasa before it becomes a tough competition.