India & IndiGo: Airline Continues To Storm Ahead

An IndiGo Airbus A320 approaches to land.
Dylan Agbagni (CC0) from Bordeaux, France, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

IndiGo, based in India, continues to storm ahead, as the carrier experiences a 23% increase in the number of flights it operated compared to the same period last year.

Using data from RadarBox.com, we will take a look at how far ahead the airline is compared to pre-pandemic levels, as well as where they are now.

Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…

The Numbers…


India & IndiGo: Airline Continues To Storm Ahead
Data provided by RadarBox.com.

For April 2-9, IndiGo operated 1,792 flights, based on a seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking company.

For the India-based carrier, this represents a significant increase of 23.08% compared to the same period last year and is a staggering 440 movements ahead of 2019 levels.

Below is the carrier’s data for 2023 so far:

Date2019 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
January 1-81246 movements1439 movements1653 movements+14.87%
January 8-151251 movements1179 movements1679 movements+42.41%
January 15-221233 movements999 movements1723 movements+72.47%
January 22-291262 movements913 movements1713 movements+87.62%
January 29-February 51215 movements934 movements1750 movements+87.37%
February 5-121236 movements996 movements1718 movements+72.49%
February 12-191193 movements1133 movements1717 movements+51.54%
February 19-261259 movements1194 movements1762 movements+47.57%
February 26-March 51287 movements1425 movements1774 movements+24.49%
March 5-121298 movements1464 movements1786 movements+21.99%
March 12-191287 movements1480 movements1785 movements+20.61%
March 19-261300 movements1458 movements1782 movements+22.22%
March 26-April 21344 movements1494 movements1786 movements+19.54%

What we can see from the data is that IndiGo has achieved double-digit growth every week so far in 2023 and has been consistent in beating pre-pandemic numbers for the last two years majorly.

IndiGo’s International Expansion Will Fuel Further Rise in Weekly Movements…


India & IndiGo: Airline Continues To Storm Ahead
Photo sourced from @aeroconcepts1 on Twitter.

It remains clear that IndiGo’s international and long-haul expansion will fuel a further rise in weekly movements, which we will begin to see as the Summer season progresses.

Back in March, Turkish Technic revealed the first Boeing 777 painted in the IndiGo livery as it has come out of the paint shop.

The relationship between IndiGo and the Boeing 777 started in October 2022 when it announced plans to operate flights from India’s Mumbai to Istanbul.

IndiGo, in a codeshare partnership with Turkish Airlines, has enhanced this new direct flight operations, thus unlocking new opportunities for IndiGo in Turkey and beyond.

Newly announced IndiGo flights between Mumbai and Istanbul are scheduled strategically to attract more leisure and VFR travelers.

Overall…


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It remains clear that in India, IndiGo is definitely setting the precedent for the way air travel in the country is going to look for many years.

The carriers dabble into international and further long-haul operations highlighting where is next for them.

For now, all eyes are on IndiGo to see how much further it can improve its weekly movement numbers and whether we could see them achieve the 2,000 flights per week mark.

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