Low-cost carrier IndiGo launched its ATR operations with a flight on the Hyderabad-Mangalore sector from today as part of its regional connectivity plans.
"With the introduction of brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft to its fleet, IndiGo has taken another step towards providing an on-time, affordable and a hassle-free travel experience to passengers in Tier-II and Tier-III towns and cities," a press release from the airline said.
Talking to newspersons here, Mr. Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time Director, IndiGo said, “Following the vision of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji to promote regional connectivity through UDAN, IndiGo is proud to announce the addition of brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft to its 149 aircraft strong fleet and offer connectivity to tier 2 and tier 3 cities of India, starting tomorrow."
"It is indeed a moment of great pride, not only for team IndiGo, but for every citizen of this country who is waiting for an affordable and a hassle free flying experience on these unserved and underserved routes. With more ATRs joining our fleet in the months to come, we are much closer to realising the dream of the common man," he said.
“IndiGo network will expand not only to provide connectivity between these smaller cities, but our strong network of domestic and international markets will also open up immense connectivity to and fro for these smaller markets.
“By December 2019, IndiGo with its fleet of brand new 21 ATRs, would have connected about 15 tier-II and tier-III new cities on its network, thereby giving a big boost to regional connectivity,” he added.
Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo, “On 7th January and 9th January 2018 IndiGo is commencing its second and third ATR operations, adding Tirupati and Rajahmundry on IndiGo’s 6E network respectively.”
He also announced four new domestic flights from Hyderabad; which include an additional Hyderabad – Lucknow – Hyderabad flight, a new Hyderabad – Ranchi – Hyderabad flight, an additional Hyderabad – Jaipur and a new Hyderabad – Jammu via Jaipur flight on 21st December. And two international flights which include Hyderabad – Doha - Hyderabad on 21st December and Hyderabad – Sharjah - Hyderabad commencing on 29th December 2017.
“These additional flights have helped IndiGo in achieving 1000 flights a day mark in December 2017, making it the only Indian airline to operate as many flights in a day,” he added further.
IndiGo has placed a term sheet for 50 ATR aircraft. The airline is expecting to add 7 ATR flights by March 2018 and 21 ATR planes to its fleet by December 2018, the release said.
IndiGo in October 2017 had announced strengthening its network in the regional markets with over 90 flights to and fro Tirupati, Rajahmundry, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Madurai, Vijayawada and Nagpur.