IndiGo to launch international operations to the Gulf by Aug-2011
IndiGo President, Aditya Ghosh, announced the carrier plans to launch international operations to the Gulf region, after it completes five years mandatory domestic operations in Aug-2011 (Emirates Business 24/7, 24-Mar-2010). The carrier has applied to the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) to launch international operations. The carrier also plans to take delivery of ten aircraft in 2010. Meanwhile, Jet Airways ruled out “immediate” plans to launch JetLite services to the region. Paramount Airways CEO, M Thiagarajan, stated the carrier plans to commence Gulf services by the end of 2010, with particular interest in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Sharjah.
IndiGo: “IndiGo is looking to fly into Dubai and Doha in the Gulf. Also on the agenda are traffic rights for Singapore, SAARC countries and China. Guidelines set by the Government state that a domestic Indian airline will be eligible to start international operations only after it has completed five years of domestic operations and has a fleet of at least 20 aircraft," Aditya Ghosh, President. Source: Emirates Business 24/7, 24-Mar-2010.