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IndiGo launches Chennai-Singapore flights as it mulls Delhi, Mumbai cessation
Shekhar Niyogi, Chennai, January 8, 2013

INDIAN low-cost carrier IndiGo has temporarily suspended sales of its Delhi and Mumbai flights to Singapore even as it prepares to launch a daily Chennai-Singapore service on March 1.


IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh revealed that new flights from Hyderabad and Bengaluru were also possibilities.


“Singapore Airlines, Air India and Jet Airways operate multiple daily flights on these two sectors, which may cause IndiGo to rethink the continuation of these flights and deploy aircraft on the Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad to Singapore routes instead, where there would be more profit and less competition,” opined Rajesh Sethi, managing director, Carnation Travel Services New Delhi.


Meanwhile, travel consultants welcomed the new Chennai-Singapore service.


Padmini Narayanan, managing director of Akshaya India Tours & Travels, said: “(The new flight) will boost both business and leisure travel to Singapore. Chennai has traditionally had good business ties with Singapore, and with investments from Singapore-based firms in Tamil Nadu increasing, the flight will see high demand.”


C Nagendra Prasad, chairman of Travelexpress, added that IndiGo had a positive market reputation for on-time flights.


The airline is currently offering introductory roundtrip Chennai-Singapore fares starting from Rs15,998 (US$290).

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