As competition hots up, Bhatia as IndiGo’s public face signals to the industry that the airline is well-prepared for the changed market conditions
February brought both good and surprising news from IndiGo. The largest airline in the country with a domestic market share of 53.5%, IndiGo, swung back to a profit in the December quarter, breaking a seven-quarter streak of losses. Then came the surprise, one of the two co-founders of the airline, Rahul Bhatia, took over as its managing director with immediate effect for a five-year term. Surprising because Bhatia’s stint as CEO in 2018 was a stop-gap one, and he’s not involved in the day-to-day running of the other companies that IndiGo’s parent InterGlobe Enterprises runs. The holding company has a presence in hospitality, travel commerce, airline management, aircraft maintenance and engineering, and advanced pilot training.