For the past few months, IndiGo had been rapidly expanding its international operations. We saw a whole lot of new routes being added since the second half of 2018. While IndiGo doesn’t operate a widebody fleet, it leads in the short haul international segment. Lately, IndiGo has started ten new international destinations.
- IndiGo expands to Middle-East
- IndiGo adds flights to Kuala Lumpur
- IndiGo adds more flights to Middle-East, Far-East and Maldives
- IndiGo adds flights to Istanbul from Delhi
- IndiGo adds flights to Jeddah, Dammam and increases flights to Abu Dhabi
- IndiGo Kolkata – Hong Kong daily flights
- IndiGo adds double daily Chennai-Kuala Lumpur and increases flights to Doha
They also added another frequency on the Delhi – Istanbul route, but they keep on postponing the launch date. For now, the second frequency is set to start on August 1, 2019. IndiGo also pulled out of Ahmedabad-Doha and Thiruvananthapuram – Doha temporarily. Flights on both routes will resume in the winter season from October 27, 2019. They even added two more frequencies on the Delhi-Kathmandu sector.
We have known for quite some time that IndiGo will launch flights to China this year. Now, IndiGo has confirmed that they will launch daily flights on the Delhi – Chengdu sector from September 15, 2019. Chengdu will be IndiGo’s 19th international destination.
While a schedule isn’t out yet, the flight numbers are 6E 7303/7304. IndiGo even held a press conference in Chengdu on June 12, 2019, to announce the new route.
Here are a few glimpses from the press conference held today in Chengdu, China where we officially announced the expansion of our network. This route will be exclusive and will make Chengdu, our 19th international destination.(1/2) pic.twitter.com/Zr8mTcJMSJ
— IndiGo (@IndiGo6E) June 12, 2019
Currently, no carrier offers a nonstop flight on the Delhi – Chengdu sector. IndiGo will face stiff pricing competition from Chinese airlines who offer low fares on one-stop routes. China Southern is currently offering INR 29k roundtrip economy fares on one-stop Delhi – Chengdu route with all four segments on a widebody.
Chengdu is an exciting place for both tourists and business travellers. It is the capital of Sichuan province, which is famous for three things: Food, pandas and industries. Sichuan has one of the largest industrial complexes in the world. Chengdu also hosts a lot of conventions and exhibitions which a lot of Indian businesspeople and traders visit regularly.
Chengdu attracts a lot of tourists who visit Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries. It is the capital of Sichuan food. You may be familiar with Sichuan dishes like Kung Pao chicken, Laziji, Mapo Doufu and so-on. There are nearby places like Huanglong, Mount Emei, Jiuzhaigou Valley and so-on worth visiting. Also on the cards is flights to Kunming, Vietnman, Russia and so-on.