Premier no-frill carrier IndiGo, which recently placed the world’s largest aircraft order, has received government nod to launch international operations and would fly to Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai and Muscat soon after it completes five years of domestic operations in August.
The airline, which bagged the second position after Jet Airways in terms of the number of passengers, got permission for launching international operations from the forthcoming summer schedule, which begins in April and continues till October-November.
An airline spokesperson said on Wednesday that the flights would be operated from several Indian cities to Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai and Muscat. However, “the schedules and dates for the launch of these international services will be announced in the coming months”, she added.
The criteria for permission to launch international operations are that the airline should complete five years of domestic operations and have a 20-aircraft fleet.
Sources said the first global flight would be launched as soon as IndiGo completes five years of domestic operations in August this year and added that it could also be matched with the fifth anniversary celebration.
Preparations are on in full swing, they said. A company statement said, “IndiGo is delighted to receive these important traffic rights and is grateful to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for approving its application in a timely manner.”