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IndiGo is now a 100-destinations strong airline!

IndiGo is now a 100-destinations strong airline. The airline launched flights to Ras Al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates on 22nd September 2022. Ras Al-Khaimah is the airline’s 100th destination overall and 11th destination in the Middle East. IndiGo now operates flights to 74 domestic destinations and 26 international destinations.

Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE

IndiGo has launched flights between Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and Ras Al-Khaimah International Airport. The flights run with the following schedule:

  • Mumbai-Ras Al Khaimah
  • Departure time: 23:05
  • Arrival time: 00:35 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 3 hours
  • Flight number: 6E1371
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Mumbai-Ras Al Khaimah
  • Departure time: 01:35
  • Arrival time: 05:50
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: 6E1372
  • Frequency: Daily

Flights are operated by Airbus A320neo aircraft.

The operator and managing body of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport welcomed the arrival of the inaugural IndiGo flight from Mumbai on 22nd September 2022 (early morning of 23rd September 2022). The aircraft received a ceremonial water cannon salute as it taxied to the terminal to mark the occasion. Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Mr. Atanasios Titonis Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al-Khaimah International Airport, Mr. Stanislav Bujnovsky, Director – Commercial & Business Development, welcomed Mr. Pieter Elbers, Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo who travelled in the inaugural flight to Ras Al-Khaimah.

We are very pleased to commence this first direct connection between Mumbai and Ras Al-Khaimah. For IndiGo, this is 100thdestination in 6E network and our fourth Emirate. Ras Al-Khaimah, which is known for its bright agricultural surroundings, is also focused on becomingthe regional leader in sustainable tourism, which aligns well with our overall focus on sustainability. In vast and diverse India, IndiGo already serves an unparalleled 74 cities and communities throughout the nation. This new route, warmly welcomed by our customers and authorities, further enhances connectivity in the region as envisioned in IndiGo’s strategy.

said Pieter Elbers, Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo.

IndiGo is the right airline partner in our portfolio as we are on our way to move into a destination airport. This partnership will boost our business and will open a new channel to serve the tourism for Ras Al Khaimah as an Emirate.

said Atanasios Titonis, CEO of Ras Al-Khaimah International Airport.

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Included in Time magazine’s World’s Greatest Places of 2022, Ras Al Khaimah offers an experience of a lifetime where travelers can feel the Emirate’s beating heart across a range of landscapes from the sea and beach, desert and mountain range.

With over 7,000 years of fascinating history, traditions and culture, Ras Al Khaimah, promises an authentic and easily accessible Arabian experience. A haven of year-round sunshine and nature, Ras Al Khaimah Emirate features world-class hotels and attractions, pristine beaches, lush mangrove trees and terracotta dunes, as well as fertile, green oases and the dramatic, awe-inspiring vistas of the majestic Hajar mountains including the UAE’s highest mountain peak – Jebel Jais. Known as the adventure hub of the Middle East, Jebel Jais is home to the Jais Adventure Park, a gateway to attractions such as Jais Flight, the world’s longest zipline, Jais Sky Tour, a series of six exhilarating ziplines stretching 5km, Jais Sledder, the region’s longest toboggan ride and numerous hiking opportunities.

100-destinations strong!

IndiGo started operations in January 2006. Since then, the airline has continued to grow gradually, both in terms of network and fleet. IndiGo, with close to 58% domestic market share, continues to evolve the aviation landscape in India.

One interesting and notable thing about IndiGo is that it has not a abandoned a single city yet, meaning that it has not stopped flying to a single city since it started operating flights there (IndiGo for a brief period stopped flying to Jabalpur. However, Jabalpur is back on the airline’s network now).

Adding a new destination is a significant thing for any airline so it’s obvious that 100th destination is a milestone for IndiGo. Since some time, senior executives at IndiGo have been stating that the airline will now look at adding more international destinations to its network, given that the carrier flies to almost every big city in India already.

Addition of Ras Al-Khaimah is a step in that direction, with the route being mainly targeted at leisure travellers.

IndiGo will start taking deliveries of Airbus A321XLR (Extra Long Range) 2024 onwards. A321XLR will open new doors for IndiGo. The airline has already announced that it will look at adding cities like Nairobi in Kenya and Moscow in Russia to its network. Even cities in Eastern Europe will be accessible with A321XLR aircraft.

It’s great to see an Indian airline achieve a milestone of 100 active destinations and here’s wishing IndiGo all the best for its future. I will look forward to the time when IndiGo celebrates a bigger milestone of 200 active destinations. 😉

Meanwhile, IndiGo recently announced a new codeshare agreement with Virgin Atlantic.

Featured image by IndiGo

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