Indigo is looking to expand internationally with flights to Nairobi, Jakarta, and some central Asian destinations. Indigo’s CEO Pieter Elbers said, “There is a lot going on in the Indian aviation landscape…the fact that Indian aviation is getting into the next stage, including the consolidation being done under the Air India group, is a natural evolution of the market. I look forward to the competition. It is good to have competition but it will be a competition that is going hand-in-hand with the growth of the market.”
Pieter Elbers added, “We will likely introduce new flights to Nairobi (Kenya) and Jakarta (Indonesia) in this coming summer. We are looking at a few destinations in central Asia but that has not yet been decided… Internationalisation is a big part of our agenda.”
Currently, Indigo has more than 300 planes in its fleet and as of now operates at 76 domestic and 26 international destinations. Two more domestic destinations, Nashik and Dharamshala, have also been announced.
Indigo reported a surge in profit at Rs 1,422.6 crore and its highest-ever quarterly total income at Rs 15,410.2 crore for the quarter ending on December 31, 2022, as travel demand remained strong. The airline had 2.23 crore passengers in the December quarter and its domestic market share in 2022 stood at 56.1 per cent.
On February 1, Indigo began flying the B777 on the Delhi-Istanbul route under a wet lease with Turkish Airlines. The aircraft can accommodate 400 passengers in its business and economy classes.