IndiGo’s 16th Anniversary & Bahrain Inauguration

An IndiGo Airlines A320neo aircraft taxying.
Md Shaifuzzaman Ayon, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – This week the Indian LCC (low-cost carrier), IndiGo, has been busy with not only celebrating its 16th anniversary, but has also inaugurated a new destination in the Middle East – Bahrain.

Bahrain Inauguration

Marking its tenth Middle Eastern, 25th international and 99th overall destination in its rapidly growing network, IndiGo as of August 2, has inaugurated its new Bahrain service.

The service is operated from the Indian city of Mumbai, specifically Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM) to Bahrain International Airport (BAH) using their Airbus A321neo aircraft. The inaugural service was flown by VT-ILR, a nearly one-year-old Airbus A321neo with 232 economy class seats.

Flight 6E1403 departs Mumbai at 22:15 pm and arrives into Bahrain at 23:35 pm after an approximately three hour flight. The return flight, 6E1404 departs Bahrain at 01:00 am and arrives back into Mumbai at 07:20 am after an approximately three and a half hour flight. All flight times are local and this service will operate on a daily basis.

The new Bahrain services joins IndiGo’s Middle Eastern offering of the following nine destinations:

  • Kuwait
    • Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
  • Oman
    • Muscat International Airport (MCT), previously known as Seeb International Airport.
  • Qatar
    • Hamad International Airport (DOH)
  • Saudi Arabia
    • King Fahd International Airport (DMM)
    • King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED)
    • King Khalid International Airport (RUH)
  • United Arab Emirates
    • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
    • Dubai International Airport (DXB)
    • Sharjah International Airport (SHJ)

Management statements

Commenting on the new Bahrain service, IndiGo’s Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer, Sanjay Kumar, has said, “We are pleased to announce Bahrain as our 25th international and 99th overall destination in the 6E network.”

“These new flights will enhance international connectivity and bolster trade, commerce and tourism between India and the Kingdom of Bahrain, which is known for its pearl diving and trading tradition.”

“Bahrain will be the first post covid international addition to the 6E network. We will strive to stay true to our promise of affordable fares, on-time performance, courteous and hassle-free service across wide network, onboard our lean clean flying machines.”

Adding to Kumar’s comments, Bahrain Airport Company’s (BAC) Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Ayman Zainal, says, “With the launch of the new passenger terminal, we are prepared for a surge in the number of airlines operating out of BIA and remain committed to working with our partners to develop new routes that will further connect Bahrain with the rest of the world.”

“In line with this, we look forward to working with IndiGo to deliver an improved travel experience for its customers. The introduction of this new route will further strengthen the historic ties between the Kingdom of Bahrain and India, making it more convenient for passengers traveling between our countries for business and leisure.”

IndiGo 16th Anniversary

After commencing scheduled operations back on August 4, 2006, IndiGo has been a fast growing airline in the Indian aviation industry, and of recent has taken the market by storm and as such is celebrating its 16th anniversary of operations.

Its fleet is rapidly expanding with the anticipated demand in air travel throughout India becoming one of the fastest growing and largest industries worldwide. This is setting IndiGo in a very promising position, however, competition throughout India is quite a challenge to overcome.

With the flag carrier airline, Air India looking to reposition itself as a reinvigorated carrier in India, as well as the likes of other carriers in the region, such as, SpiceJet, Go First, Vistara, as well as the rebirth of Jet Airways and the new carrier, Akasa Air.

The Indian market has many choices for passengers and each company is rapidly expanding, although IndiGo is certainly wanting to set itself apart from these competitors.

With a fleet of currently 261 aircraft as a mixture of ATR 72-600’s, Airbus A320ceo’s that will be replaced, to their newer Airbus A320neo’s and Airbus A321neo’s, IndiGo’s fleet is one of the fastest growing fleets in the world.

To back this up, the carrier currently has a backlog of over 500 more aircraft yet to be delivered over the coming years, of which the majority is Airbus Neo Family aircraft.

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