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IndiGo Airbus A320-232(SL) VT-IFK with Sharklets.
IndiGo Airbus A320-232(WL) VT-IFK with Sharklets. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal.

IndiGo to commence 16 new flights to eight destinations

Just a day after announcing a slew of new flights from Vishakhapatnam (Vizag), the home airport of civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, India’s largest domestic carrier IndiGo, has announced a slate of 16 new flights to eight destinations.

Effective August 28, 2014

  • Second and third daily non-stop flight between Bangalore and Kochi
  • Sixth daily non-stop flight between Bangalore and Kolkata-Bengaluru
  • Seventh daily non-stop flight between Bangalore and Hyderabad
  • First daily flight between Kochi and Kolkata via Bangalore and second daily flight between Kochi and Hyderabad via Bangalore

Effective September 1, 2014

  • New daily non-stop between Bangalore and Chandigarh,
  • New daily non-stop between Chandigarh and Srinagar,
  • Second daily non-stop between Bangalore and Goa
  • Second daily non-stop between Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

IndiGo fleet

The airline now has 81 Airbus A320’s in its fleet and is expanding its fleet at about one aircraft a month. With the lack of a turbo-prop capable of short-field landing, IndiGo cannot operate to some of the smaller cities like Hubli etc., which do not have runways long enough to cater to jets and therefore we see the airline operating multiple frequencies on many routes. This is posing a challenge to the airline in maintaining passenger load factors, especially on mid-day flights.

Bangalore – the new battleground with AirAsia

The new focus on Bangalore by IndiGo and other Indian carriers like Jet Airways and SpiceJet is driven by the competition with new entrant AirAsia India. The Tony Fernandes promoted carrier currently uses Bangalore as its hub and flies to Goa, Kochi and Chennai. AirAsia will soon commence services to Chandigarh and Jaipur and hence IndiGo is commencing flights before the new challenger gets its second aircraft with which it will expand its schedule. AirAsia has countered with aggressive fares ahead of its planned launch.

READ ONLINE: AirAsia offers fares of Rs 600 and Rs 1,900

IndiGo’s new flights schedule

Flt no. Origin Destination Departure Arrival Via Effective
6E 422 Kochi Bengaluru 10:10 am 11:10 am 28-Aug
6E 412 Kochi Bengaluru 8:50 pm 9:45 pm 28-Aug
6E 422 Kochi Kolkata 10:10 am 2:45 pm Bengaluru 28-Aug
6E 412 Kochi Hyderabad 8:50 pm 11:20 pm Bengaluru 28-Aug
6E 411 Bengaluru Kochi 8:40 am 9:40 am 28-Aug
6E 425 Bengaluru Kochi 7:15 pm 8:20 pm 28-Aug
6E 422 Bengaluru Kolkata 12:05 pm 2:45 pm 28-Aug
6E 412 Bengaluru Hyderabad 10:15 pm 11:20 pm 28-Aug
6E 425 Kolkata Bengaluru 4:10 pm 6:45 pm 28-Aug
6E 425 Kolkata Kochi 4:10 pm 8:20 pm Bengaluru 28-Aug
6E 411 Hyderabad Bengaluru 7:05 am 8:10 am 28-Aug
6E 411 Hyderabad Kochi 7:05 am 9:40 am Bengaluru 28-Aug
6E 498 Bengaluru Goa 6:30 am 7:45 am 1-Sep
6E 477 Bengaluru Chandigarh 10:00 am 12:55 pm 1-Sep
6E 477 Bengaluru Srinagar 10:00 am 2:25 pm Chandigarh 1-Sep
6E 561 Bengaluru Trivandrum 8:00 pm 9:10 pm 1-Sep
6E 477 Chandigarh Srinagar 1:25 pm 2:25 pm 1-Sep
6E 478 Chandigarh Bengaluru 4:40 pm 7:30 pm 1-Sep
6E 499 Goa Bengaluru 8:15 am 9:30 am 1-Sep
6E 478 Srinagar Chandigarh 3:10 pm 4:10 pm 1-Sep
6E 478 Srinagar Bengaluru 3:10 pm 7:30 pm Chandigarh 1-Sep
6E 562 Trivandrum Bengaluru 9:40 pm 10:50 pm 1-Sep

New IndiGo flights for Vizag

Yesterday, IndiGo announced new flights connecting Vizag with the capital New Delhi and Hyderabad. The airline also announced a new flight between Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Flight Origin Destination Departure Arrival Effective
6E 607 Delhi Vizag 6:20 am 8:30 am 10-Oct
6E 610 Vizag Delhi 6:35 pm 8:45 pm 10-Oct
6E 608 Vizag Hyderabad 9:00 am 10:05 pm 10-Oct
6E 611 Hyderabad Vizag 4:55 pm 6:05 pm 10-Oct
6E 609 Mumbai Hyderabad 12:30 pm 1:55 pm 10-Oct
6E 608 Hyderabad Mumbai 10:35 am 11:55 am 10-Oct

All flights in the two schedules are daily operations.

 

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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