New Delhi: Budget passenger carrier IndiGo on Saturday said that it flew 900 flights on April 7, 2017, setting the record for operating the highest number of flights ever by an Indian airline in the history of Indian civil aviation sector.
“We at IndiGo are thrilled on having flown 900 daily flights for the first time yesterday. Now the team is excited to reach the 1000 flight milestone,” said Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole-Time Director, IndiGo.
IndiGo is the country’s largest passenger airline with a market share of 39.5 per cent as of February, 2017. It currently operate flights connecting to 46 destinations – 39 domestic and 7 international. IndiGo has a fleet size of 131 including 19 new generation A320neos.
The company recently announced introduction of 35 new flights as part of its summer schedule between Amritsar-Jammu, Chennai-Bhubaneshwar, Chennai-Indore, Kolkata-Jammu, Srinagar-Kolkata, Bengaluru-Mangalore, Mumbai-Mangalore, Hyderabad-Thiruvananthapuram and Sharjah-Thiruvananthapuram.
The airline will also increase frequencies from seven stations including, Ahmedabad, Goa, Chennai, Agartala, Amritsar, Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram, it added.
India’s aviation sector has witnessed a spurt of growth in the past few years with a 16 per cent rise in passenger traffic in February on year-on-year basis, as per the data showed by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Indian carriers together flew a total of 86.55 lakh passengers in February 2017 as compared to 74.76 lakh fliers in the same month of 2016, registering a growth of 15.77 per cent, it said.