Indian IndiGo Targets New Middle Eastern Routes

Indian carrier IndiGo has set plans in motion to fly to the Middle East with six new routes!

Indian IndiGo Targets New Middle Eastern Routes
IndiGo is opening three new destinations with six new routes. Photo: BriYYZ/Wikimedia

“Effective July 25 and August 5, IndiGo will launch daily non-stop flights connecting Delhi with Jeddah, and Mumbai with Kuwait,” The airline said in a press statement.

What are the details?

IndiGo, the Indian carrier that has control of 50% of the Indian sub-continent domestic market has decided to move rapidly into the Middle-Eastern market with six new non-stop flights.

Specifically, the new routes will be:

Mumbai – Dubai

This route will be the third daily flight, joining another two already in operation. It will be flown by an Airbus A320.

Mumbai To Dubai. Photo: GC Mapper

Specifically, the schedule is:

  • Flight Number: 6E083 – Mumbai 1230 – 1405 Dubai
  • Flight Number: 6E084 – Dubai 1505 – 2005 Mumbai

“Additionally, to cater to the increasing demand from the sector, the airline will also launch its third non-stop daily flights between Mumbai and Dubai,” – IndiGo mentioned in their statement.

Mumbai – Kuwait

The third and fourth new routes are Mumbai To Kuwait, this will be a new route and will start operation on August 5th, 2019.

Mumbai To Kuwait. Photo: GC Mapper

Specifically, the route will be:

  • Flight Number: 6E1766 – Mumbai 0530 – 0710 Kuwait
  • Flight Number: 6E1767 – Kuwait 0810 – 1430 Mumbai

The route will fly daily.

Delhi – Jeddah

The last two routes will be a direct link between Delhi and Jeddah. This flight will be flown on an Airbus A320 daily.

Delhi to Jeddah. Photo: GC Maps

Specifically, the routes will be:

  • Flight Number: 6E1839 – Delhi 2200 – 0210(+1 day) Jeddah
  • Flight Number: 6E1841 – Jeddah 0300 – 1115 Delhi 

What will the service be like?

All of the above routes will be flown with the IndiGo A320 fleet. These aircraft are all economy configured (with 30 inches of pitch and no seatback entertainment screens) and will be a bit of a cramped experience for some of the longer international routes.

IndiGo currently only have A320 family aircraft. Photo: Airbus

It is possible that in future they might swap out the A320s with A321neos (they have a large 145 on order) but as of now, it is only their A320s on these routes.

Part of the bigger IndiGo plan

These new routes are going to be incredibly profitable for the airline, which is rapidly filling the gap left by departing Jet Airways. Jet Airways was the main tour-de-force of Indian international routes and with the carrier now no longer flying, it has opened up the skies for smart airlines like IndiGo to fill in capacity.

This is only the beginning for the carrier, who plans to open up additional routes this year to other international destinations.

Closing this announcement, IndiGo Chief Commercial Officer William Boulter said,

“These new routes once again reflect our unflinching commitment towards expanding our international operations.”

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