India’s leading private airline IndiGo has decided to temporarily halt direct services from Doha to Thiruvananthapuram and Ahmedabad from May 1, citing “commercial viability” reasons.
However, the airline’s online bookings to Thiruvananthapuram and Ahmedabad non-stop are open, again from August 1.
The airline has already notified passengers who have booked to Thiruvananthapuram and Ahmedabad between May 1 and July 31 about the temporary suspension of services to the two Indian cities.
When contacted by Gulf Times, C Leekha, director (Corporate Communications) at IndiGo Airlines reportedly said, “With high demand due to holiday season approaching and commercial viability reasons, IndiGo flights operating on Ahmedabad and Trivandrum to Doha routes will now fly out of Mumbai and Delhi respectively. This said, we will continue to explore various alternate routes which will enable us to optimally utilise our fleet. We are committed to serve the air-transportation needs of the Indian public with on-time, courteous and hassle-free and low fares proposition.”
She, however, did not say whether the decision to halt services to Thiruvananthapuram and Ahmedabad was temporary or not.
Many Qatar-based passengers were dismayed by the Indian carrier’s decision as it was “affecting their travel plans during the peak season.”
Published on 26 April 2019