Low cost carrier IndiGo in India is launching services to Kuala Lumpur from this coming November. The airline will face heavy competition in the home market of budget carrier AirAsia…
IndiGo has grown to become one of India largest carrier with some elebrates yet another milestone of achieving over 720 daily flights out of India six largest metropolises, equivalent to over 100 daily departures out of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai. The airline continues to grow its international network by launching new routes out of Delhi and Bengaluru (Bangalore) to Kuala Lumpur. This will be the first time that the Indian carrier will serve Malaysia.
IndiGo will offer two daily frequencies, one to Delhi and one to Bengaluru using an Airbus A320. Flights are due to start on November 15, 2018.
It might be a risky move for the Indian carrier as the India-Malaysia market is extremely competitive with already four carriers flying out of Kuala Lumpur to Delhi. IndiGo will face stiff competition from AirAsia, Malindo Air and Malaysia Airlines. New Delhi is already connected with 25 weekly flights and Bengaluru by 18 weekly flights.
It might however be a commercial risk for the airline as it already did not succeed to find a market when it started a few years ago an air route between New Delhi and Singapore due to intense competition. However, the carrier still flies to Singapore out of Chennai and Bangalore. In Southeast Asia, IndiGo also serves Bangkok out of Calcutta (Kolkata) on a daily basis.
IndiGo currently has a fleet of 184 Airbus A320 and 12 ATR aircraft. The airline offers over 1200 daily flights and connects 49 domestic destinations and 9 international destinations, according to a press release published by the carrier.