IndiGo will ramp up competition between UAE airlines serving India when it launches a new Dubai-Kolkata service in the Spring.
The new service will begin operating on 16 February and will accompany a new service between Kolkata and Doha in Qatar.
IndiGo wants to capitalise on “growing international traffic to and from Kolkata” and said the flights will cater for “business and leisure travellers who are constantly on the lookout for new and affordable flying options”.
CEO Ronjoy Datta said: “We are pleased to announce new non-stop flights connecting Kolkata with Dubai and Doha to strengthen our connectivity between Middle East and Asia.”
The UAE has a high number of migrant workers from India and the new budget service will also aim to target this market.
IndiGo revealed recently that it plans to launch new and additional flight services to Saudi Arabia from multiple locations in India, a move seen to tap the expected surge in passenger traffic from the kingdom’s plans to promote tourism in the country.
In October, IndiGo placed one of the largest-ever Airbus orders for a single airline operator.
It signed an order for 300 A320neos, comprised of a mix of A320s, A321s and A321XLR aircraft. The deal takes IndiGo’s total number of A320neo aircraft orders to 730.