One of India’s youngest airlines and major low-cost flight operators, IndiGo, has become the fifth carrier from the country to serve Changi Airport.
Operating out of Changi’s Terminal 2, IndiGo has begun a daily service between New Delhi and Singapore with a 180-passenger Airbus A320, bumping the total number of weekly flights on this route up to 70 on top of those offered by Air India, Jet Airways and Singapore Airlines.
On October 10, IndiGo will become the sixth airline to serve the Mumbai-Singapore route and one of the five with daily service between these two cities. That will increase the number of flights on this route to 90 a week.
When asked why IndiGo has not chosen to operate out of the budget terminal, a spokesperson of Changi Airport said: “We work closely with the airline to identify their business needs… if a low-cost carrier like IndiGo believes that operating out of the main terminals at Changi Airport fits into their business model, we will definitely do our part to help them.”
Currently, more than 35,500 weekly one-way seats link Changi Airport to 11 cities in India. With IndiGo’s arrival into Changi, an additional 2,500 weekly one-way seats will be available between Singapore and India.
Passenger traffic between Singapore and India has grown steadily over the years. In 2010, more than 2.55 million passenger movements were recorded, an increase of 13.8 per cent over 2009’s 2.24 million. For the first seven months of 2011, passenger traffic between the two countries rose 6.6 per cent, compared to the same period in the previous year.
For more information about the IndiGo’s Airbus A320, see here.
Reggie Ho and Tiffany Sandrasageran