LONDON – According to data from RadarBox.com, IndiGo’s flight movements based on a seven-day rolling average have exceeded 1,500 flights weekly.
The carrier has been experiencing exponential growth over the last few months, with there potentially being too much demand for the carrier to handle.
Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…
For October 29-November 5, IndiGo handled 1,587 movements based on the seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking site.
This represents an increase of 10.90% compared to the same period last year. 2022’s figures are around 138 movements, better than the pre-pandemic numbers in 2019.
Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data:
|Date||2019 Numbers||2021 Numbers||2022 Numbers||Percentage Difference (2022 vs. 2021)|
|October 1-8||1430 movements||1245 movements||1605 movements||+28.92%|
|October 8-15||1418 movements||1263 movements||1619 movements||+28.19%|
|October 15-22||1430 movements||1260 movements||1607 movements||+27.54%|
|October 21-29||1467 movements||1297 movements||1590 movements||+22.59%|
From that data, we can see that IndiGo has exceeded the 1,500 number for a while now, but such a figure is beginning to decline ever so slightly.
Even so, the airline is definitely on the right track in terms of additional flights being added, etc.
Dealing With The High Demand…
The high numbers that IndiGo is experiencing are beginning to get to the airline in terms of managing expectations.
Back in October, it was revealed that the airline is looking to lease up to four Boeing 777 aircraft to meet the shortfall in capacity offerings.
It is understood the carrier will be looking at taking some 777-200LRs and 777-300ERs, and they are expected to be in service with the carrier in time for the Winter 2022 season.
An IndiGo spokesperson said the following about the decision:
“As an interim measure, we have decided to take on wet lease certain aircraft to cover the shortfall for our scheduled international operations.”
“We have received in-principal approval from the regulators, and the induction of these aircraft remains subject to further requisite regulatory approvals”.
“We are committed to exploring every opportunity possible to overcome these capacity challenges and provide our customers with efficient and affordable air travel,”.
IndiGo has made its debut in the international markets in 2011 when it was granted a license to operate international flights beyond Indian borders.
The carrier has since then made promising decisions and achieved milestones with its remarkable ‘Look Middle East’ strategy connecting the majority of Indian Hubs like Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad along with Tier 1 cities with major emphasis on ex-pat and working-class pax market in the southern region of India.
Under the current leadership of Pieter Elbers, IndiGo has embarked on new strategic maneuvers to scale more new routes with frequency updating in the domestic as well as international markets.
With a leading fleet size of more than 250 aircraft, IndiGo has been regarded as the first Indian airline to achieve this notable milestone.