New delhi: Indian budget carrier IndiGo plans to start international operations to Dubai, Bangk
Indian budget carrier IndiGo plans to start international operations to Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore from September this year, and will deploy 8-9 aircraft to service these routes, a top official said on Tuesday.
The airline plans to expand its fleet to 60 aircraft by December 2012 from 39 now, President Aditya Ghosh told reporters.
Owned by InterGlobe Enterprises and industry veteran Rakesh Gangwal, a former chief executive of US Airways, IndiGo is the third-largest domestic carrier with about a fifth of the market share behind Jet Airways and Kingfisher.
Buyoed by a rising demand in Asia’s third-largest economy, IndiGo in January agreed to buy 180 planes from Airbus for an estimated $15.6 billion in the largest jet order in commercial aviation history.
IndiGo had said it was considering all options including an initial public offering to finance the plane order.
India’s domestic carriers carried 19 million passengers this year through April, 18% more than the corresponding period last year.