IndiGo-parent InterGlobe Aviation’s Chairman of the Board of Directors V Sumantran has said that India is gradually marking its place as a convenient hub for travel between Southeast Asia and West Asia as airlines are preferring to move people by connecting through Indian cities.

Sumantran said that there is huge growth in India and many domestic routes are used by airlines for connectivity.

Shedding light on IndiGo’s journey

Speaking at the 65th Institute Day of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, he highlighted that IndiGo Airlines commenced as a budget carrier in 2006 and has secured a landmark position in the aviation sector with its monumental order of 500 aircraft in France, marking the largest single order in the industry’s history.

“India needed an airline that will provide affordable travel for many of us and the net result we can see. Even now we see India really moving forward with a lot more speed on infrastructure development. We have about 140 operating airports now and that would become 220 by 2030. We are seeing a huge increase in regional travel,” Sumantran said.

He cited an example of several airlines transferring people from places like Bangkok via India to reach Jeddah or Dubai, adding India is becoming a convenient hub for the airlines. “So, there is huge growth that we can see coming out of this which has boldly allowed us to place an order of 500 aircraft that is the single largest aircraft order ever made in aviation history,” he added.

(With PTI inputs)

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