IndiGo introduces Mumbai – Instanbul direct flights


No-frills airline IndiGo on Tuesday, October 11 said it would connect Mumbai with Istanbul in Turkey from early next year. The new route will be in addition to IndiGo’s existing Delhi-Istanbul flights and explore the airline’s codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines.

The non-stop air services on the new route, which will commence on January 1, will be operated daily. Bookings for these flights began on Tuesday, the airline said in a statement.

“In line with our vision to strengthen international connectivity from India, we have launched a new connection between Mumbai- Istanbul. This will enhance international capacity and offer more options to the consumers.”

Vinay Malhotra, Head of Global Sales, IndiGo

It said that these new routes and additional frequencies would enhance international connectivity between India and Turkey and beyond through IndiGo’s codeshare with Turkish Airlines.

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IndiGo is planning a significant ramp-up of international operations in the coming months. India’s largest airline by domestic market share currently operates about 1,600 daily flights of which 150 are international.

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The budget carrier is looking at launching flights within 6-7 hours flying time from the four metros starting mid-2024 when the Airbus A321 XLRs (extra long range) start joining its fleet.

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IndiGo’s latest flight announcement to Turkey – which straddles the Middle East and Europe – comes close on the heels of the launch of another international flight out of Mumbai – direct service to Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE. These flights are part of IndiGo’s larger expansion plan in the Middle East region.

In September, the airline also announced a new Hyderabad-Riyadh connection from October 30th and more frequencies on Hyderabad-Doha and Dubai-Mangalore routes from October 30th and October 31th, respectively.

Between October 30 and March 25, IndiGo will have flights from 15 Indian airports to 11 airports across the Middle East. Besides the UAE, Saudi Arabia also features extensively on the airline’s network, with almost one in every five of its Gulf flights.

Earlier, IndiGo introduced its first dedicated cargo aircraft on 29 September. The domestic leader in the passenger segment averaged 0.6 tonnes of cargo on its passenger flights in 2022, with a passenger share of 56%.

It also became the leader in domestic air cargo due to the total volume generated by that. Now, the airline has an A321 with a 27-ton carrying capacity that has been converted from a passenger layout to a cargo layout.