Indian low-cost-carrier IndiGo will be launching routes to Singapore and Doha daily in a win for deal-savvy passengers. According to Business Traveller, the new route to Singapore and the added frequency to Doha will start in September this year.
What are the details?
IndiGo, one of India’s rapidly rising low-cost-carriers is planning two new services from its hub in Delhi to both Doha, Qatar and Singapore. These two routes will add invaluable connections to those travelling the world via low-cost-carrier networks and make travelling to India easier than before.
Specifically, the routes will be:
Delhi to Doha
Outbound flight number: 6E 1775.
Departing Delhi at 2020 PM and arriving at Doha at 2200 PM.
Inbound flight number: 6E 1776.
The return flight will depart Doha at 2300 PM and arrive in Delhi at 0515 AM.
Delhi to Singapore
Outbound flight number: 6E 0017.
Departing Delhi at 1825 PM and arriving at Singapore at 0245 AM.
Inbound flight number: 6E 0018.
The return flight will depart Singapore at 0345 AM and arrive in Delhi at 0650 AM.
Both services will operate daily with an Airbus A320 variant.
What does IndiGo think of these new services?
According to a statement published by Business Traveller, William Boulter, chief commercial officer of IndiGo, said,
“We are committed to strengthening our international operations from Delhi to important destinations in Asia. As part of this expansion, we are introducing new flight services between Delhi-Singapore and second frequency on Delhi-Doha route.”
IndiGo has been very keen to expand it’s international services since full-service carrier rival Jet Airways collapsed (but not yet bankrupt with several airlines trying to revitalise the once-proud carrier). They have pushed for three new Middle Eastern routes and have been flirting with a new route to Vietnam. They have even said they want to soon launch routes to London in March next year.
“Singapore today is not only a tourist hub, but also a shopper’s paradise and there is a huge demand on the route. Changi Airport being the largest transportation hub in Asia, makes this a critical connection for Indigo. We are delighted to operate flights from Mumbai and Kolkata to Singapore as well.”
At this rate, there is no sign of this vast low-cost-carrier slowing down.
What is the service like?
IndiGo has made its fortune running domestic routes inside India light on services (it is operating on the low-cost-carrier model after all). However, there is a bit of concern over how this model will translate to longer international routes, especially to Singapore which is five hours and 50 minutes. Especially on a smaller Airbus A320 model.
There is no entertainment on board, no free meals and all seats are economy. Singapore and Doha are massive hubs of other carriers who will fiercely defend against a new entrant like IndiGo, and likely offer a better range of complimentary services to compete with IndiGo’s low prices. It remains to be seen how they will battle off this new competitor.
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