Indian budget carrier, IndiGo, will launch new daily and non-stop flights from Dubai to Trivandrum and its second non-stop daily from Dubai to Mumbai, starting March 1, 2013, the airline said in a statement.
Calling Dubai a key market for IndiGo, the airline’s President, Aditya Ghosh, said the expansion on these routes is in line with the airline’s growth strategy for the Middle East region.
“There are strong trade and tourism ties between Dubai and India and travellers have requirements of low fares by an Indian airline,” Ghosh said in a statement.
“We hope to provide the much needed avenue for countless Indians to explore wider horizons and at the same time open up the doors to more and more overseas travellers to experience India,” he added.
IndiGo is further expected to go up to 16 daily and direct flights between Dubai and India.
The airline’s current fleet comprises 61 new Airbus A320s, and the airline operates 377 daily flights, connecting 33 destinations.
IndiGo has become the first Indian carrier airline to have received the Sharklet-equipped Airbus A320 aircraft, the carrier said in a recent statement.
It added that all future A320s to be delivered to IndiGo will be fitted with the Sharklet wing tip devices.
Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and emissions by four per cent on longer sectors.