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Indigo announces Kanpur as its 71st domestic destination

Indian low cost carrier Indigo has announced Kanpur as its 71st domestic destination and 10th new regional destination this year, with flights from 3 Indian metro cities starting in November 2021.

Indigo headed to Kanpur

Starting 1st November 2021, Indigo will operate 6-weekly flights from Kanpur Airport to Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

The flight schedule of Mumbai-Kanpur-Mumbai route is:

  • Mumbai-Kanpur
  • Departure time: 12:55
  • Arrival time: 14:55
  • Flight time: 2 hours
  • Flight number: 6E6475
  • Frequency: Daily (except Sundays)
  • Kanpur-Mumbai
  • Departure time: 15:25
  • Arrival time: 17:45
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • Flight number: 6E6976
  • Frequency: Daily (except Sundays)

The flight schedule of Bengaluru-Kanpur-Bengaluru route is:

  • Bengaluru-Kanpur
  • Departure time: 10:50
  • Arrival time: 13:15
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 25 minutes
  • Flight number: 6E6477
  • Frequency: Daily (except Sundays)
  • Kanpur-Bengaluru
  • Departure time: 13:45
  • Arrival time: 16:05
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • Flight number: 6E6476
  • Frequency: Daily (except Sundays)

The flight schedule of Hyderabad-Kanpur-Hyderabad route is:

  • Hyderabad-Kanpur
  • Departure time: 12:00
  • Arrival time: 14:00
  • Flight time: 2 hours
  • Flight number: 6E6368
  • Frequency: Daily (except Sundays)
  • Kanpur-Hyderabad
  • Departure time: 14:30
  • Arrival time: 16:35
  • Flight time: 2 hours
  • Flight number: 6E0102
  • Frequency: Daily (except Sundays)

All of the above flights will be operated by Indigo’s Airbus A320 aircraft.

Sanjay Kumar, Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer, Indigo, said:

We are pleased to announce Kanpur as our new domestic destination, bolstering our regional connectivity. Kanpur, known for its leather and textile industries is one of the prime industrial centres in North India and the ninth-largest urban economy in the country. Owing to the increase in direct connectivity with metro cities, these new flights will boost trade, commerce, and tourism in the region. In addition, customers would get convenient connections to the rest of the IndiGo network. We will continue to offer new routes as per the travel demand across various sectors. IndiGo is committed to providing an affordable, on-time, safe and hassle-free travel experience onboard our lean clean flying machine.

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Kanpur is Indigo’s 7th destination in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after Lucknow, Varanasi, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Agra, and Bareilly. Including these new additions, IndiGo will now offer 120 daily flights to and from the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Presently, SpiceJet is the only airline that serves Kanpur. The airline started services to the city as part of its ‘Diversification strategy’ by choosing Kanpur in addition to Lucknow when all the other airlines were going after Lucknow. SpiceJet will enjoy one more month of monopoly at Kanpur before Indigo enters the market.

SpiceJet almost always has had a tough time competing with Indigo and Kanpur will be yet another battlefield where both the airlines will compete strongly. Interestingly, both the airlines will compete only on flights between Mumbai and Kanpur. Indigo will enjoy monopoly on Bengaluru-Kanpur and Hyderabad-Kanpur flights while SpiceJet will continue to enjoy monopoly on Delhi-Kanpur and Kolkata-Kanpur flights.

Meanwhile, Indigo recently launched flights from Darbhanga, Bihar. The airline will operate daily flights to Hyderabad and Kolkata from the city. Indigo has launched flights on a brand-new route connecting Hyderabad and Srinagar. The airline has also announced a new route between Lucknow and Doha and is offering 10% discount to vaccinated passengers. The carrier will also be resuming flights to Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh after a brief absence and launch flights from two new cities to the Maldives. Indigo is the first airline in India to trial the IATA Travel Pass. A few days ago, the airline launched a payable Priority Boarding facility. Indigo has also started flights to Bareilly under the Indian government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme with flights to Mumbai and Bengaluru. The carrier has added a second daily flight between Mumbai and Rajkot in response to strong demand. Indigo recently announced 38 flights in addition to 8 new flights and has also launched flights from Gwalior. American Airlines has announced a codeshare with Indigo where American’s passengers will easily be able to connect on 29 Indigo routes from Delhi and Bengaluru.

Featured image by Indigo

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