IndiGo, India’s largest private sector airline, has been optimistic about new international non-stop routes on its A-320 / A-321 series single-aisle aircraft. In an exclusive interaction with DAILYNEWSCATCH, the airline’s CEO Ronojoy Dutta said that it could operate profitably on the new routes with the mentioned fleet.
“One of the best things that we have going for us is geography. Our plane – our one-aisle plane can go up to seven o’clock. So from Delhi we can go all the way to Moscow, Tel Aviv, places like that. From Mumbai we can go to a lot of places in Africa. From Chennai we can go to Indonesia. From Kolkata we can go to Beijing. So if you look at the circle around us in our narrow body plane, we are all the way from Moscow to Tel Aviv, from Nairobi to Manila. It’s a huge circle, “he said.
Here are the edited excerpts from the interaction with Mr. Dutta:
How will non-stop international travel on new routes be the key to IndiGo’s future international expansion?
“I also have to say it’s a very untapped geography. If you ask how people get to these places today? Well, they all make a stop. So you want to go to Africa. Guess what, you have to go to Doha and change planes. You want to go to Kazakhstan, you go to Dubai, you want to go to Manila, you go to Singapore. Now we say we’re going to go nonstop. So it’s a very geography. rich, which is served by one-stop carriers and we will go non-stop with a low cost carrier. “
Will IndiGo operate widebody (they currently only operate single-aisle airliners from the Airbus A-320 family)?
“Absolutely … So our goal is domestic. Let’s build it. Let’s not be impatient. The next phase is close to seven o’clock. And after that phase three will be a whiteboard.”
When will phase three take place?
“The forecast is dangerous and not in the short term, but it will happen.”
How will the competitive landscape of the civil aviation sector change?
“So the competitive landscape is clearly going to become very intense in the near future?” We have the Tatas – it looks like they’re making a bid for Air India. So there will be Air India, Vistara, Air Asia, they will probably be streamlined in a way. There is also a Jet Airways on the horizon. The competitive landscape will therefore become very intense. So what do we do about it? Well, let’s focus on our strengths. Our number one, and our greatest strength is that we are one of the cheapest airlines in the world, our cost structure keeps improving over time as we use less fuel with new engines. The second is that we are in a world class airline. in terms of punctuality. I think all of India accepts that we are number one.
An increase in the number of flights operated by IndiGo?
“Just to give you some numbers, before COVID, we were doing 1,500 departures per day. In May, we were doing about 350 departures per day. So we have gone down really sharply. Fortunately, since then we have been rebuilding And on time. Currently we have about 1,150 departures a day, so things are improving. [aviation] gradually opens. Now it’s very slow. But a few countries have started to do bubble flights. So overall things have improved dramatically. “
Current situation of the domestic aviation sector: still in shambles?
“From a financial health standpoint, we’re not particularly concerned that, oh my god, we’re running out of money. This isn’t happening… Yes, [there has been a] liquidity crisis in the industry, and yes, we have suffered with it. But I don’t think we’re in the red zone category under any circumstances. We are therefore quite optimistic about the future. We have gone through a very bad time. But whether it’s short term or long term, I think the future of IndiGo is pretty bright. “