IndiGo, India’s fastest growing airline, will be introducing service to Kathmandu from late October of this year. The Delhi-Kathmandu flights will be served once daily on Airbus A320 aircraft from 28th October. Flight schedules for the new flights are as follows:
6E031 ~ DEL: 1055 ~ KTM: 1300 – 320 Daily
6E032 ~ KTM: 1400 ~ DEL: 1550 – 320 Daily
As I pointed out in the Indian update podcast earlier this month, IndiGo is positioning itself towards becoming a larger international player in order to insulate itself from fierce competition in the domestic sector. Given this focus, Kathmandu, as well as Dhaka, Colombo, and similarly located destinations, are a natural regional expansion.
IndiGo is currently taking delivery of Airbus A320s with additional centre fuel tanks (ACTs), but not quickly enough to expand more into the longer distance Southeast Asian routes right away. Thus it makes sense that after putting the basic international operational infrastructure and mindset in place, aircraft, dealing with customs, booking websites and engines, etc., through routes to Muscat, Dubai, and Singapore.
IndiGo would then turn towards regional routes for immediate international growth until more augmented A320s and later on, A320neos, enter the fleet.