India’s still rapidly expanding LCC IndiGo has added three new routes to its network during the last week. It now operates daily A320 flights between Kolkata (CCU) and Bhubaneswar (BBI), between Bhubaneswar (BBI) and Vishakhapatnam (VTZ), and between Vishakhapatnam (VTZ) and Chennai (MAA). The Kolkata – Bhubaneswar route is already served by Air India (daily), Jet Airways (three daily flights) and Kingfisher (two daily flights). The Vishakhapatnam – Chennai route is also already served by thee carriers; Air India (daily flights), Jet Airways (daily flights) and SpiceJet (double daily flights). However, the Bhubaneswar – Vishakhapatnam route is not currently served by any other carriers. In 2011 IndiGo carried 11.83 million passengers on domestic routes at an average load factor of 83.3%. Having reached its fifth birthday in August 2011, the airline began international flights in September 2011, and by the end of the year had carried 209,300 passengers on international routes at an average load factor of 81.2%.
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