India's IndiGo launches new Muscat flights

Budget carrier begins daily service to Oman's capital city as part of Gulf growth plan

Indian budget carrier IndiGo has introduced new daily non-stop flights connecting Oman’s capital Muscat to Mumbai.

The service, that began on Sunday, is expected to strengthen the airline’s presence in the Gulf, where it caters to a large number of expat Indians, the airline said in a statement.

At present, IndiGo operates over 17 flights between India and the Gulf region.

“There are strong trade and tourism ties between Oman and India and travellers have requirements of low fares by an Indian airline. We are absolutely delighted to announce the new daily and direct flight between Oman and India, and specifically between Muscat and Mumbai,” Aditya Ghosh, president of IndiGo, said in a statement.

“Expanding operations on these routes are in line with our growth strategy outlined for Oman,” he added.

Last month, it was reported that Qatar Airways is talks with Indian budget carrier IndiGo for a codesharing agreement.

CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “We are talking to IndiGo to see how we can strike a relationship with them. IndiGo is an airline that is not for sale. We only want to do a codeshare partnership with them."

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