IndiGo sets another landmark, becomes first Indian airline to run 1,000 daily flights
IndiGo had operated one lakh flights between May 25, 2020, and November 11, 2020, including domestic and international flights
In a clear sign of recovery of the Indian aviation sector, the country's largest airline IndiGo on December 2 announced that it has touched the 1,000-flights-daily mark. It is the first Indian airline to do so. The airline now flies to 59 domestic and six international destinations.
The flights include scheduled commercial operations (domestic), Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) and air bubble flights.
Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo said, “From zero domestic and international operations to now operating 1,000 scheduled commercial flights daily, we have indeed come a long way since we resumed operations post the lockdown. Our tireless efforts to provide a safe and hygienic experience and awareness campaigns are bearing fruit, as seen in the form of steadily increasing demand for air travel.
"We are currently operating at around 70% of our pre-Covid capacity and we hope that the growth will continue into 2021... We will continue to adapt our business to the needs of the hour, and we look forward to achieving more milestones in the coming months," Dutta said.
IndiGo had already operated one lakh flights between May 25, 2020, and November 11, 2020, including domestic and international flights.
Currently, the airline is operating between 100–130 scheduled flights from three key metro cities -– Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. In addition, IndiGo is operating passenger and CarGo charter flights across domestic and international markets.
According to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) data, IndiGo hogged 55.5% of the domestic market in October, carrying 29.27 lakh passengers. In July, IndiGo's market share had crossed 60%. Airline operations were restarted by the Indian government in a calibrated manner on May 25 after remaining suspended for two months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.