Indian low cost carrier IndiGo yesterday commenced its regional jets ATR operations, with the maiden flight taking off from Hyderabad to Mangalore.
The first flight of the ATR plane took off from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad on Thursday morning to Mangalore, the airline said in a release.
IndiGo’s tagline for the launch of ATR services. Credits to IndiGo’s Official Facebook Page
By December 2019, IndiGo, with its fleet of brand new 21 ATRs, would have connected about 15 tier-II and tier-III new cities on its network, thereby giving a big boost to regional connectivity, the airline’s president and whole-time director, Aditya Ghosh, said in a statement.
"With more ATRs joining our fleet in the months to come, we are much closer to realising the dream of the common man," he said.
“The IndiGo network will expand not only to provide connectivity between these smaller cities, but our strong network of domestic and international markets will also open up immense connectivity to and fro for these smaller markets,” Ghosh said.
As for my personal opinion, I am really happy for IndiGo and the Indian Airline industry which is certainly not the best at the moment. This step marks huge progress for IndiGo as with the ATR operating domestically, their A320 and A320 NEO variants can operate international routes to the Middle East and Singapore as well.
IndiGo’s ATR 72-600 turboprop. Credits to Shamal Elambilatt (Sha Creations) on JetPhotos.net
Information Credits to The Times of India