I am usually quite optimistic about the growth of aviation in India and am a great fan of what IndiGo has done for aviation in India, but I am not quite convinced about the viability operating such a large widebody LCC fleet. Back in 2011 when 6E began their international operations, their first set of routes included non stops to SIN from DEL and BOM made possible by specially configured aircraft with additional fuel tanks. Aditya Ghosh proclaimed that in no time there would me multiple non stops on these routes. But both the routes were quite short lived and 6E currently operates to SIN only from MAA and BLR. I wonder how many could possibly be flown from DEL?
Exactly!!!! I have used the same logic. Even if they fly to EU from DEL, will they have those domestic banks and int'l banks like AI? I even doubt how far will they be able to reduce fares. Indigo must better stay with short haul only. Connecting in Delhi for their passengers will be more difficult as they will operate from different terminals.
Well I would have liked more had indigo reached more smaller cities. That is what Indian Aviation needs. Having 10 daily frequencies between metro cities is not that great for our aviation which has so many underserved airports.
Daily frequencies between metros is there because of demand, and world over, its the same between major metros. Whether between JFK-LHR, NYC-LAX/SFO, SIN-HKG etc. And they are the highest yield ones. And the flights between metros are the biggest money making ones. If they don't make money, they would have been cut long time back.
Its not like Indigo is neglecting smaller cities. Thats why they have ordered around 50 ATR-72s. Problem is again that the lack of space at major airports. BOM just announced that they can't accomodate any more smaller flights. DEL will be the same till the new Noida airport comes online.
Indigo operating from multiple terminals is an issue. But its not for ever, only for 3-4 years. Also, many other airlines have faced similar issue in other airports worldwide. Have seem similar thing in LHR and CDG when connecting there. As long as the incoming bank is scheduled properly with good buffer, no reason why it won't work.
It depends on what cities they connect internationally. Since they dont have alliance with anyone, they will primarily have to depend on O&D traffic. Which means they will operate only from major metros like BOM/DEL for EU traffic and maybe MAA/BLR/CCU/HYD also for SE asian traffic.
Still, I am all for encouraging Indian carriers to grow. Who know, they may become the next Air Asia etc. AI lost the plot long time back, and 9W for whatever reason didn't consolidate their position even when everything was going right for them. Today, there is no other good international carrier in India. If 6E succeeds, all the more power to them. I hope they build on their domestic strength and become a dominant international carrier from India.