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IndiGo To Expand Cargo Operations to China by February End

IndiGo, India’s largest passenger airline, is strategically expanding its dedicated cargo business. The airline aims to commence cargo flights to China by the end of February 2024.

Photo: Delhi Jets

Equipped with Airbus A321 converted freighters, IndiGo already operates services to several medium-haul international destinations, in addition to its domestic flights.

Having established its cargo business over the past year and a half, IndiGo now sets its sights on dedicated freighter flights to China. As China emerges from the pandemic’s shadow, IndiGo seeks to tap into the surging demand for inbound air cargo operations from this Asian nation.

While the airline eagerly anticipates launching these flights, it remains mindful of the necessary permissions and regulatory approvals. According to recent reports, IndiGo could initiate these services as early as the end of this month. Mark Sutch, IndiGo’s Chief Commercial Officer (Cargo), states:

“We are currently in the process of seeking permission from Chinese civil aviation authorities. Our goal is to commence the service by the end of February.”

Pending approvals, IndiGo plans to operate a service connecting Kolkata in East India to Guangzhou. These flights will operate thrice a week, with one route extending to Mumbai.

IndiGo’s cargo journey began in 2022 when it acquired its first Airbus A321P2F (Passenger To Freighter) aircraft. Since then, two additional A321P2Fs have joined its fleet, enabling the airline to serve destinations such as Sharjah, Vietnam, Myanmar, and various cities within India.



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