Agra Is IndiGo’s 64th Domestic Destination With B’lore, Bhopal Flights

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Come March 28, 2021 and Agra airport in Uttar Pradesh will become Indigo’s 64th domestic destination strengthen its regional connectivity presence.

The airline will connect Agra to Bengaluru and Bhopal through direct flights under the RCS-UDAN scheme and bookings have opened with one-way fares starting at Rs. 2,523 for Bhopal and Rs. 3,789 for Bengaluru.

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The addition of Agra as a new destination is part of the airline strategy to enhance domestic connectivity to fulfil demand from regional centres while enhancing accessibility.

Sanjay Kumar, Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer, IndiGo said, “We are pleased to have the Golden Triangle cities mapped on the 6E network, with the addition of Agra as our 64th domestic destination. This will not only enhance connectivity for domestic travellers, but also aid in expanding international air traffic once restrictions are lifted and travel opens up.”

Mr. Kumar said additionally, these connections will help promote tourism, trade and commerce, with Agra being the home to multiple UNESCO world heritage sites, one of the hubs for leather goods production and known for its food and delicacies.

“IndiGo is committed to providing an affordable, on-time, safe and hassle-free travel experience onboard our lean clean flying machine,” he added.

Post securing all regulatory approvals and specific flight schedules for Agra, the airline will soon take the overall number of domestic destinations in the 6E network to 68 by opening Kurnool, Bareilly, Durgapur and Rajkot in the coming months.

The airline is amongst the fastest growing low-cost carriers in the world and has a simple philosophy: offer fares that are low, flights that are on time, and a courteous, hassle-free travel experience.

With its fleet of 262 aircraft as of March 31, 2020, offered 1,674 peak daily flights during the quarter and connected 62 domestic destinations and 24 international destinations.

Earlier this months, airline also launched 15 new flights including 6 on new RCS routes. Aizawl is IndiGo’s 62nd domestic and 85th overall destination. The new Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) flights are Bhubaneshwar-Varanasi, Bhubaneshwar-Varanasi, Prayagraj-Gorakhpur, Gorakhpur-Prayagraj, Aizawl-Agartala, and Agartala-Aizawl.

Meanwhile, on Monday the airline said it has taken its tough Cookie Campaign to the next level by sending across appreciation to 5000 doctors and nurses from over 630 towns across the country for their selfless service during the pandemic.

Collaborating with brands such as Barilla, Brewhouse, Cars24, Dettol, Ibis, and Loacker, the airline sent out hampers, comprising of goodies and vouchers along with the heartfelt notes, to the frontline workers nominated by people on the airlines social platforms.

William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, “We were overwhelmed to receive so many nominations through our Tough Cookie campaign for our medical frontline workers, who stood by the nation in the most difficult times. We all are in awe of our tireless health-workers all over the country and this is just a small honest gesture for us to demonstrate our support and gratitude for their indispensable efforts.”

The airline recently said that in-line with its commitment to provide support to the nation in the current scenario, it had transported a total 5,785 kg of shipments from SII and Bharat Bio-tech – vaccine vials equating to 21.60 lacs doses – between January 12, 2021 and January 19, 2021.

The shipments were moved from Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune to 16 locations across the country including, Vijayawada, Guwahati, Patna, Odisha, Raipur, Bhopal, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, Imphal, Agartala, Chandigarh and Udaipur via 21 IndiGo flights. 

IndiGo has maintained a strategy of initiating a limited number of stations and ensuring they can be connected to major metros and secondary cities, thus ensuring that costs can be kept low.

An analysis piece by moneycontrol.com made an observation that lately the airline has focused on creating multiple hubs and is open to having stations that add incremental traffic to the network instead of selecting one that strengthens its position only at a single place.

This change, the report said was obviously due to the size and for an airline it is to analyse the network effect and its cost benefit versus a station in isolation. Meaning that routes to a particular city could be loss making but the passengers they bring to the airline network would help it on the whole.

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