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Tuesday, 06 February, 2018, 14 : 00 PM [IST]

IndiGo and Vistara apply to MoCA for international rights

According the Times of India report, IndiGo and Vistara, have applied for international rights to spread their wings. IndiGo, which has been flying its single-aisle A-320s to neighbouring countries, has now sought clearance to operate wide-bodied aircraft to a large number of European sectors like London (Gatwick), Manchester, Birmingham, Brussels, Milan, Rome, Zurich, Madrid and points in France and Germany.

Vistara wants to start international operations using its A-320s to a number of places in Gulf and southeast Asia like Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Dubai.

The proposed routes given by IndiGo to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Government of India, for clearance include connecting metros to the European cities with daily to twice-a-daily flights on several sectors.

A spokesperson at Vistara said, “Our plan is to start international operations in the second half of this year with existing fleet of Airbus A-320s and fly to destinations within aircraft’s range. We are reviewing the type of aircraft we will need to support our plans of international expansion so that we can commence medium-haul routes (between five and nine hours) after successfully launching the regional/short-haul international routes.”

“Long-haul flights are something we will continue to be interested in and will commence when the time is right. It is, however, premature to comment on the international routes we will be flying to. We will share details of our international operations strategy in due course of time,” she added.

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