Indigo's New Destinations-40+ in past 6 months


While other airlines in India are either struggling or just managing to stay afloat, market leader and cash rich Indigo is rapidly expanding its network. In past 6 months, Indigo has announced several new flights- 40+ of them as much as I could count, including many international destinations.
Indigo now flies to 15 International destinations and some 60+ domestic airports. Below is a quick snapshot of Indigo. Take a look- particularly ones from your city.

#
From-To
Frequency
Lowest fare
1
Bengaluru-Allahabad
Daily
2500+ one way
2
Bengaluru-Hongkong
Daily
12000+ one way
3
Kochi-Male (Maldives
Daily
16k round trip
4
Bengaluru-Male
Tuesday, Thursday
17k round trip
5
Mumbai-Male
5 days a week except Tue & Thu
17k round trip
6
Delhi-Phuket (Thailand)
6 days a week (Except Wed)
20k round trip
7
Delhi-Kuala Lumpur (KLIA2)
Daily
14k + round trip
8
Bengaluru-Kuala Lumpur
Daily
17k + round trip
9
Amritsar-Dubai
Daily
14k round trip
10
Kolkata-Kochi
Daily
5k one way
11
Bengaluru-Pune
Daily
2k one way
12
Kolkata-Singapore
Daily
13-15k return
13
Trichi-Singapore
Daily
13-15k return
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Bengaluru-Surat
Hyderabad-Surat
Delhi-Surat
Jaipur-Surat
Mumbai-Surat
Jaipur-Varanasi
Mumbai-Bagdogra
Varying schedules, check website

21
Chennai-Kuwait
Daily

22
Calicut-Abu Dabhi
Daily

23
Kochi-Abu Dabhi
Daily

24
Kolkata-Dhaka


25
Kolkata-Johrat


26
Lucknow-Goa
Daily
4000 one way
27
Pune-Lucknow
Daily
5000 one way
28
Doha-Trivandrum


29
Doha-Ahmadabad


30
31
32
33
34
35
Hyderabad-Port Blair
Chennai-Surat
Delhi-Vijayawada
Hyderabad-Vadodara
Hyderabad-Indore
Hyderabad-Goa
Daily

36
Chennai-Tuticorin
Daily

37

38
39
40
41
Kochi-Hubli  (Hubballi, Karnataka)
Goa-Hubli
Bengaluru-Hubli
Ahmedabad-Hubli
Chennai-Hubli



Some of the routes seem to be targeted directly at competition. For Example, GoAir recently announced flights to Phuket and Male from Mumbai & Delhi. Indigo could have possibly chosen a different city to connect to Male- say from Chennai or Hyderabad or Pune etc, instead they've chosen exact cities like Mumbai, Kochi or Bengaluru from where competition already offers flights. (Spicejet flies Kochi-Male, Air India flies BLR-MLE). I read somewhere that their strategy is to bleed out competition by offering lower fares.

Some destinations like Hong Kong are very good move- not much competition and with clear price advantage Indigo can give full service airline like Cathay a run for their money in price sensitive Indian market.

The fares shown above are lowest possible fares, possibly available for a few seats per flight during early months. Regular fare would be bit higher, still competitive and reasonable enough. I did check the fares during some of recent Indigo's sales- they weren't low enough to be called 'Dirt cheap' like I would occasionally spot during Air Asia's Big Sale. So I am still waiting for some tempting fare to materialize so that I can book- not too many new flights from Chennai, so my options are limited, but have my eye on few destinations- let me see how it goes.

In Kuala Lumpur's KLIA2, I was happy to see an Indian Airline among the display board almost fully dominated by Air Asia (AK, D7, FD etc are all various Air Asia subsidiaries)
Indigo has bigger plans- to fly to far away destinations like London etc. But as of now they are limited by the range of their A320 aircraft- it can't fly far away destinations without a stopover. It will be curious to see how Indigo overcomes this- will they order A330/Dreamliner like long haul aircrafts or will continue to manage with A320s forever.

If I can take liberty to suggest few new destinations for Indigo, below would be my choice. What is yours?
  1. Yangon, Myanmar from Kolkata/Delhi or Mumbai
  2. Vizag-Colombo
  3. Sharjah, from any west coast city
  4. Chennai-Phuket/Krabi or Chiang Mai
  5. Katmandu from some other city other than Delhi- may be Hyderabad/Kolkata etc
  6. Bali, with probably 1 stop over Kuala Lumpur

Best wishes to Indigo.

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