The low-cost Indian carrier IndiGo is getting ready to begin a second service to the United Arab Emirates later this year.
IndiGo currently flies more than 1,400 flights every day across a total of 21 international and 58 domestic destinations, but it is planning to add new routes to Sharjah by the close of 2019.
As of 1stOctober this year, a route from the city of Amritsar in the Punjab region of India to Sharjah in the Middle East will be offered by Indigo.
This is the second route going to the region that the airline has provided, following the launch of a service from Amritsar to Dubai, as well as a number of other routes in the Middle East.
The airline is already operating a route from Mumbai to Dubai, beginning a fourth daily service on 25thAugust, and while connections between Mumbai and this area of the UAE are already strong, the airline is keen to improve the links between the UAE and other areas in India, according to the airline’s chief commercial officer William Boulter.
Boulter says that direct connections within the UAE for India will not only enhance mobility but also help to promote more opportunities for trade between the two countries.
A deal is already being worked on by the UAE to have a large food park located within the state of Punjab, and it is hoped that the addition of even more opportunities for travel in the future will assist business potential still further.
The new route to Sharjah is expected to fly a round trip every day, with the flight departing from Amritsar at 11:35 and arriving at 13:35 and then leaving Sharjah at 14:35 to arrive back in Amritsar at 19:40.
Flights are already open for booking by passengers, with some of the initial prices being as low as INR 6,899.
The Airbus A320 will be flying the new route.
The airline has 240 aircraft in total within its fleet, the great majority of which are the Airbus A320.
In May, it was reported that the airline was in discussions to acquire some of the new A321 aircraft from Airbus – the A321XLR and the A321neo LR – a move that followed the company’s changing of its order of 25 A321s to 150 A321s in November 2018.
The airline is currently in possession of five A321neo aircraft.
Indigo is setting its expectations even higher with the new aircraft – it is already flying a Delhi to London Gatwick route, which launched six months ago back in March, and is also hoping to be able to increase the number of destinations in Europe that it is able to fly to, including another service to London.
Anyone who is planning to use IndiGo to travel to or from the UAE or anywhere else will need to take out travel insurance in order to ensure that they are financially protected from any unforeseen circumstances that may happen while they are away from home.