IndiGo has announced 12 non-stop direct flights connecting Kolkata, Gaya, Patna and Varanasi from 8 August 2019. The new flights will cover the destinations, popularly known as Buddhist circuit, and are expected to boost the tourism in the areas.
“It has never been done before. And we are connecting it to both Kolkata and New Delhi. We expect to boost tourism into those markets,” IndiGo Chief Executive Officer Ronojoy Dutta commented during the post-Q4 earnings analysts call.
As a part of our endeavour to enhance domestic connectivity, our ATR fleet helps us serve regional operations efficiently, said William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo.
The flights will connect routes such as Kolkata – Gaya, Kolkata – Varanasi, Kolkata – Patna, and Gaya – Varanasi. There will also be additional frequencies of flights on Kolkata – Varanasi route.
The flights target both business and leisure travellers. We are delighted to have launched these flights on the Buddhist circuit, which not only provide more travel options to customers but also enable people to come closer to Indian history and spirituality, IndiGo Chief Commercial Officer William Boulter said.
The new flights will help the tourists from South East Asia as well, with IndiGo launching flights connecting Kolkata with destinations such as Vietnam, Hong Kong and China. The airline has already announced the flights to Chengdu in China, which will be operating from 15 September. It also serves Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Thailand, all of which have sizeable Buddhist population.
Currently, the budget passenger carrier with its fleet of over 200 aircraft offers around 1,400 daily flights and connects 54 domestic destinations and 19 international destinations.