Pakistan airspace closure may push IndiGo to take Doha stop for debut Delhi-Istanbul flight

On 25 January, IndiGo, announced it would operate daily non-stop planes between Delhi and Istanbul from 20 March

Press Trust of India March 16, 2019 10:15:17 IST
Pakistan airspace closure may push IndiGo to take Doha stop for debut Delhi-Istanbul flight
  • On 25 January, IndiGo, announced it would operate daily non-stop planes between Delhi and Istanbul from 20 March

  • IndiGo would be the first Indian airline to fly to Turkey, and Istanbul would be its 16th international destination

  • Air India on Thursday announced it would combine the Mumbai-New York flight with its Mumbai-Newark flight till 31 May

New Delhi: As Pakistan airspace continues to remain closed since 27 February in the wake of the Indian Air Force (IAF) air strike in Balakot, IndiGo's Delhi-Istanbul plane may have to take a stop at Doha on its inaugural flight on 20 March.

"The flights on Delhi-Istanbul-Delhi route will be through Doha in Qatar if Pakistan does not open its airspace by 20 March," said a senior airline official.

On 25 January, IndiGo, India's largest carrier in terms of domestic market share, announced it would operate daily non-stop planes between Delhi and Istanbul from March 20, with A321 aircraft.

Pakistan airspace closure may push IndiGo to take Doha stop for debut DelhiIstanbul flight

IndiGo Airlines aircraft. Reuters

IndiGo would be the first Indian airline to fly to Turkey, and Istanbul would be the 16th international destination for the budget carrier.

As Pakistan keeps its airspace closed since the Indian Air Force strikes on a terrorist camp in Balakot, on February 26, the operating cost for Air India, which flies to destinations in Europe and the US, have increased significantly as it has to take longer routes.

Air India on Thursday announced it would combine the Mumbai-New York flight with its Mumbai-Newark flight from 16 March to 31 May.

On Wednesday, it had announced it is suspending its flights on the Delhi-Madrid and Delhi-Birmingham routes from 16 March "till further notice" due to "operational reasons".

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