In the recent development of events, India’s one of the leading airlines Indigo announced that it will be initiating 12 new flights in the month of November. The airline has already commenced flights between Jodhpur and Ahmedabad from November 1st and flights on other routes including Bengaluru-Rajkot, Kolkata-Coimbatore, Delhi-Trivandrum, and Dibrugarh-Dimapur routes from November 2nd. The airline will also launch flights between Ahmedabad and Ranchi from 10th November.
The Reason Behind Expanding the Domestic Network
According to the report from IANS, the airline has informed that the newly commenced flights have been initiated keeping in mind the requirements of various business and leisure travellers who might be looking for much better and efficient flying options.
Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer at Indigo, Sanjay Kumar said in a statement that the new routes will promote trade and commerce and enhance connectivity between eastern, western, northern, northeastern, and southern regions of the country. He further said that the airline will be introducing more routes in the future in order to meet the travel demand across various sectors.
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 will 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 begins 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.