IndiGo to start new flights on Mumbai-Muscat route

New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) In a bid to expand its presence in the Middle East, budget carrier IndiGo Tuesday said it will introduce new flights connecting Mumbai with Muscat from June 16.

The airline will launch three new weekly non-stop flights on the route with an introductory return fare of Rs.9,998.

“There are strong trade and tourism ties between Mumbai and Oman, and travellers have requirements of low fares by an Indian airline,” said Aditya Ghosh, president, IndiGo.

“Expanding operations on these routes are in line with our growth strategy outlined for Oman.”

The airline presently operates 17 daily flights between India and the Gulf.

The low-cost passenger carrier is on an expansion mode. It had announced Monday that it had been permitted by the government to import 28 Airbus A320 aircraft in 2013 and 2014.

Currently, IndiGo holds the largest domestic market share at 29.8 percent as of April 2013. The airline provides 422 flights connecting 33 destinations with a fleet of 66 Airbus A320 aircraft.

Recently the airline had also announced the launch of seven new flights on its domestic network from May 30, including direct flights on the Mumbai-Jammu, Chennai-Kochi, Mumbai-Srinagar, Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai-Thiruvananthapuram, Jammu-Srinagar and Mumbai-Kochi routes.

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