Saturday, January 19, 2013

From Chennai to Singapore by budget airline IndiGo

Low-cost Indian airline IndiGo will start a direct flight between Chennai and Singapore from March 1 2013. "With rising business and tourism stemming from the region, IndiGo is determined to provide the best travel experience to all those who wish to fly to Singapore from the southern part of the country" said IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh in a statement released by budget airline.

IndiGo is already flying between Delhi - Singapore and Mumbai - Singapore. IndiGo introduced flights to Singapore in September 2011 as part of its expansion into international markets.  It initially introduced flights from Delhi but supplemented them from October 2011 with a link from Mumbai.  Both routes are served using a 180-seat Airbus A320 with a daily schedule and India’s fastest-growing carrier will offer a similar operation on this new route from Chennai.[1]

Consumers already have several choices to fly from Chennai to Singapore: Singapore Airlines (SIA),  SilkAir (SIA's regional subsidiary), budget airline Tiger Airways, Air India and Air India's low-cost airline Air India Express. Although there is a tough competition in the route, IndiGo is apparently looking to repeat its success at  Delhi – Singapore and Mumbai – Singapore routes. IndiGo had secured 24 per cent and 16 per cent shares of the O&D traffic on the routes  In the first twelve months of serving the Delhi – Singapore and Mumbai – Singapore.

An IndiGo A320
An IndiGo A320
According to the media in addition to Chennai - Singapore route the airline is also looking to fly Hyderabad - Singapore (currently served by SilkAir and Tiger Airways) and Bangalore - Singapore (currently served by SilkAir, Singapore Airlines and Tiger Airways) routes.

IndiGo is a private, low-cost carrier based in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. Other than flying domestic routes in India, IndiGo also flies to Bangkok, Dubai, Kathmandu, Muscat and Singapore.

[1] - IndiGo to boost Indian links to Singapore

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