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GoAir to expand operations in eastern region

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on January 28, 2013

Giorgio De Roni, CEO, Go Air talking to media in Kolkata on Monday.   -  Arunangsu Roy Chowdhruy

Wadia Group-promoted GoAir plans to introduce more flights Kolkata. The airline is expecting the eastern region’s share in its total revenue to move up from 10 per cent to 15 per cent in two years.

According to Giorgio De Roni, Chief Executive Officer, GoAir, the company plans to introduce daily flights to three new destinations — Ahmedabad, Guwahati and Bagdogra — from Kolkata on February 4.

“We also have plans to add three more destinations from Kolkata by March, 2014. We met the Regional Director of Airports Authority of India this morning to discuss these destinations,” De Roni told the media here on Monday. He, however, did not divulge the names of the three other destinations.

The airline, at present, operates daily flights to Delhi and Port Blair from Kolkata.

“The eastern region contributes roughly 10 per cent of our total operations now and it is likely to become 15 per cent by FY15. I foresee a significant growth in demand in the region,” he added.

According to De Roni, GoAir operates 110 daily flights across 22 destinations and plans to increase it to 170 flights by the end of next fiscal. “We will add eight Airbus 320 aircraft by July 2014,” he said.

Asked about bringing in a foreign investor, De Roni said the main objective of calling a foreign partner would be to increase the operational expertise. “We are evaluating the opportunities. We are not looking at cash injection, but looking forward to increasing our efficiency and expertise,” he said.

The carrier earned a revenue Rs 1,600 crore in the last fiscal and posted nearly 40 per cent growth. “We hope to maintain this growth in the next fiscal,” De Roni said.

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Published on January 28, 2013
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