IndiGo has announced that it will launch flights to Diu in Gujarat as part of the Indian Government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).
The carrier will connect the union territory of Diu with Ahmedabad and Surat starting 29th October 2023.
The flight schedule of Ahmedabad-Diu-Surat-Diu-Ahmedabad flights is:
- Departure time: 12:55 (09:50 on Wednesdays)
- Arrival time: 14:10 (11:15 on Wednesdays)
- Flight time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
- Flight number: 6E7966
- Departure time: 14:30 (11:45 on Wednesdays)
- Arrival time: 15:30 (12:40 on Wednesdays)
- Flight time: 1 hour (55 minutes on Wednesdays)
- Flight number: 6E7967
- Departure time: 15:50 (13:40 on Wednesdays)
- Arrival time: 16:40 (14:35 on Wednesdays)
- Flight time: 50 minutes (55 minutes on Wednesdays)
- Flight number: 6E7968
- Departure time: 17:00 (14:55 on Wednesdays)
- Arrival time: 18:15 (16:15 on Wednesdays)
- Flight time: 1 hour and 15 minutes (1 hour and 20 minutes on Wednesdays)
- Flight number: 6E7969
Flights will be operated by IndiGo’s ATR72-600 aircraft featuring 78 seats in the standard 2-2 configuration.
We are delighted to introduce these new routessaid Vinay Malhotra, Head of Global Sales, IndiGo.
from the coastal town, Diu, furthering our commitment to enhancing regional accessibility. These new connections will serve as a gateway for tourists seeking the charm of serene beaches with amazing sunset views. As we venture into new skies, connecting people with their favored destinations, we remain dedicated to delivering on our promise of providing affordable, punctual, courteous, and hassle-free travel experiences across our extensive network.
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Diu is renowned for its sun-kissed beaches, expansive sandy shores, a wealth of historical treasures, a diverse array of seafood delicacies, and a delightful climate, making it a true tropical gem. This charming island seamlessly blends the vibrant cultures of India and Portugal, evident in its cuisine, architectural wonders, and lively festivals, enhancing its overall allure. Diu’s irresistible charm beckons travelers of all
ages and backgrounds throughout the year, promising each visitor an unforgettable experience.
Notable landmarks include the splendid Sé Matriz Cathedral and an idyllic natural beauty that encompasses attractions like the Naida Caves, Diu Fort, Nagoa Beach, Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple, Ghoghla Beach, Zampa Gateway, INS Khukri Memorial, Sunset Point, St. Paul Church, Sea Shell Museum, Dinosaur Park, and more.
Diu is the airline’s 83rd domestic destination and 115th overall. In Gujarat, Diu is the airline’s fifth destination after Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot.
An interesting addition
Diu is an interesting addition to IndiGo’s network. The airline recently won the rights in Ahmedabad-Diu and Surat-Diu routes under UDAN 5.0 (India’s Regional Connectivity Scheme). The speed at which the airline has responded in announcing flights to Diu is great!
Diu is not a very large market. The touristy coastal town currently has a single daily flight to Mumbai operated by Alliance Air. In the past, Jet Airways used to operate a flight linking Porbandar and Mumbai on both sides with Diu.
Looking at the domestic market, IndiGo’s options are very less in India. Launching flights to new stations under UDAN is the key thing for the carrier now as these markets may not be viable if they are not operated under UDAN. Starting flights under the scheme ensures that enough time is given to the market to grow and take it to a level where it can sustain without RCS.
Featured image by JetPhotos/Sreenivas.S
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