Jet Airways slots at Mumbai airport are being redistributed on a temporary basis. Vistara and AirAsia India were the first airlines to add more flights from Mumbai. SpiceJet quickly followed by adding a handful of domestic flights and one international flight from Mumbai. The biggest expansion came from IndiGo, that too from the Terminal 2 at Mumbai airport.
In March 2019, India increased the bilateral flying rights between India and Saudi Arabi by 40%. Saudi Arabia has unilaterally allowed Indian carriers to add as many flights as they want to Dammam. There were reports last year that IndiGo will expand to Riyadh by December 2018. But that didn’t happen. Currently IndiGo flies to Dubai, Doha, Male and Muscat from Mumbai.
IndiGo has now announced that they will launch flights to Saudi Arabia from Mumbai. Jeddah and Dammam will be IndiGo’s 17th and 18th international destination. Jet Airways used to fly to Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam from Mumbai but cancelled flights due to the current financial crisis. Currently, Air India and Saudia fly to Jeddah and Riyadh from Mumbai.
IndiGo’s maiden foray to Saudi Arabia will begin with the Mumbai – Jeddah route from June 5, 2019, onwards. The flight schedule is,
6E1831 BOM1235 – 1520JED 320 D
6E1832 JED1620 – 0020BOM 320 D
Flights on Mumbai – Dammam route will start from July 15, 2019. The flight schedule is,
6E1837 BOM0735 – 0915DMM D
6E1838 DMM1030 – 1630BOM D
Apart from this, IndiGo will also add a new frequency to Abu Dhabi from Mumbai. The first flight will take off on June 5, 2019, with the following schedule,
6E1835 BOM0620 – 0805AUH 320 D
6E1834 AUH2330 – 0420BOM 320 D
In addition, IndiGo is also adding a daily Delhi–Abu Dhabi flight from June 5, 2019. The schedule for the flight is,
6E1833 DEL1955 – 2230AUH 320 D
6E1834 AUH0920 – 1440DEL 320 D
IndiGo currently operates daily flights to Abu Dhabi from Kozhikode and Kochi and those are complimentary flights.
Jet Airways abruptly cancelled all flights to Abu Dhabi from March 18, 2019. Mumbai dealt a huge blow as Jet Airways cancelled all flights to Middle-East. It is good that IndiGo is adding a few flights to cash in on the demand. IndiGo said that 50% of the expansion in 2019 will be from international growth, and this is just a bonus for them, not having to create the market but land it due to another player vacating the market. They have many more destinations lined up including flights to China this year.