Top 10 Airlines in India 2016

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3. Indigo

The Indigo airline was started as a private company in 2006 by Rahul Bhatia (Inter Globe Enterprises) and Rakesh Gangwal, an NRI.

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Indigo has its headquarters in Gurgaon, Haryana, and started its operation on 4 Aug 2006, & its first flight was from New Delhi to Imphal via Guwahati. 51.12% of the total stake of Indigo is being shared by Interglobe while rest is shared by Caelum investment, Virginia based company formed by Rakesh Gangwal.


The logo of the airline is twenty round dots organised in the shape of an aircraft. The airline has high focus on reducing the turnaround time of the airlines ie mainly focussed on punctuality. Indigo has a target of around 20 minutes turnaround time.

Indigo flights serve 40 destinations, out of which 35 are in India and 5 are foreign flights. It covers these destinations through 679 daily flights .As of now, Indigo has become the second fastest growing low-cost carrier in Asia after Indonesian airline Lion Air. Reduced operational cost of the airline is because of their unique business model. Some of the salient features of their unique business model are : involving themselves in bulk deals with Airbus for reducing costs, operating a single type of aircraft i.e Airbus 320 and that too in same configuration which makes crew training ,a simpler work. Employees of Indigo performs different functions from check in staff to baggage handler which reduces the manpower requirement.

Indigo airlines has won a lot of best low cost carrier award by organisations like Airline passengers Association of India, CNBC Awaaz, Skytrax etc. Indigo has a market share of around 38.4%. Recently, Rohit Philip, former vice president of United Airlines has been appointed as Chief financial officer of Indigo Airlines.

Average Monthly Passengers (in Lakhs): 26.21

Number of destinations: 40