Indian low-cost airline IndiGo, which carries 100 million passengers a year, is planning a major international expansion and fleet expansion. They will soon be able to reach a significant part of Europe with direct flights. Budapest, the Hungarian capital, is also among their desired destinations.
IndiGo is planning a major expansion
Indian low-cost airline IndiGo is planning a major international expansion and fleet expansion. With their long-range narrow-body aircraft already on order, they will be able to reach a significant part of Europe with direct flights, CEO Pieter Elbers told a press conference in Istanbul, which was also attended by AIRportal.hu.
“The airline currently connects 78 domestic destinations with 1,800 daily departures from 12 bases, operates flights to Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and is expanding in Europe, Central Asia and Africa,”
said Pieter Elbers, the airline’s CEO who transferred from KLM, at a press conference in Istanbul on the occasion of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting.
India’s economy is set to become the world’s 3rd largest in a few years. With a population of over 1.4 billion, the country’s aviation sector is set for explosive growth, with far fewer planes per million people than in Europe or the US.
Budapest is already available, but with a transfer
Passengers can currently fly onwards to 33 European destinations, including Budapest, via Istanbul, thanks to a code-sharing agreement with the Turkish national airline, which facilitates ticket changes and transfers.
According to AIRportal.hu, even though Pieter Elbers did not want to go into details about the future European routes, he said that the European destinations currently offered with a transfer in Istanbul are included in the network development plans, including Budapest.
As we wrote earlier on Friday, the Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air made a surprising step and took its airplane full of passengers to an unknown destination. Read more HERE.
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