IndiGo Delhi to Istanbul Atatürk
IndiGo launched its first-ever European service on 20 March, with it opening a connection between Delhi and Istanbul Atatürk. Among those cutting the cake in Turkey were William Boulter, CCO, IndiGo (third left) and Purnojyoti Mukherjee, Acting Consul General of India to Istanbul (fourth left). The route will be flown twice-daily using A321neos.
- IndiGo made history on 20 March as it inaugurated its first-ever service to Europe, with the airline opening a new connection between Delhi (DEL) and Istanbul Atatürk (IST). The airline’s first few flights are presently operating via Doha due to the impact of Pakistan’s airspace closure, however the A321neos that are scheduled to operate this 4,558-kilometre route are able to operate return services non-stop due to geographical advantages. “Istanbul is one of the most attractive tourist cities in the world and the gateway from Asia into Europe. Istanbul holds immense potential for IndiGo, and this launch is part of organic expansion within Europe for us, as we complement our domestic network with international connectivity,” commented William Boulter, CCO of the airline. The carrier in the initial few days of serving the route will perform a daily rotation, with the route growing to a twice-daily frequency on 25 March. Competition on the airport pair comes from Turkish Airlines, with it presently serving the route daily. However, it should be noted that IndiGo will code-share with Turkish Airlines on this route.