Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo is set to launch Doha and Dubai services from Kolkata in the coming weeks, bringing low-cost competition to the routes.
The airline will begin the Dubai service on 16 February, and the Doha one on 1 March. IndiGo’s booking engine indicates that it will operate Airbus A320s on the two routes, without specifying whether the 180-seat A320ceo or 186-seat A320neo will be used.
IndiGo’s entry into the Kolkata-Dubai market would likely grow the overall capacity from 5,048 seats per week to around 6,300.
Qatar Airways, which has a codesharing agreement with IndiGo, is currently the sole carrier to fly the Kolkata-Doha route. Its daily service, which provides 1,784 seats per week, is operated with a combination of 260-seat A330-200s and 254-seat Boeing 787-8s.
IndiGo’s entry to the Kolkata-Doha market will raise the number of seats available to around 3,000-3,100 per week