March 26, 2023

This winter, Saudi Arabia will likely be IndiGo’s third most-served Center East nation by flights. Picture: Airbus.

The most important airline by flights between India and the Center East, IndiGo has introduced its subsequent path to Saudi Arabia. Beginning this winter, it’ll introduce Hyderabad to the Saudi capital, Riyadh. It signifies that, as of September seventh, IndiGo can have 10 routes to Saudi Arabia this winter and 49 throughout the broader Center East.

What’s taking place?

On October thirtieth, when airways within the Northern Hemisphere change to winter schedules, IndiGo will start Hyderabad to Riyadh. Situated 2,110 miles (3,396km) aside, Cirium exhibits that the airport pair is scheduled to be 1x day by day however is presently bookable at 2x weekly. Using 186-seat A320neos, it’s scheduled as follows, with all occasions native:


  • Hyderabad to Riyadh: 6E1803, 21:00-23:55 (5h 25m block time)
  • Riyadh to Hyderabad: 6E1804, 00:55-08:00 (4h 35m)

Reserving information exhibits that, in 2019, 178,000 roundtrip point-to-point (P2P) passengers flew between Hyderabad and Riyadh. Whereas visitors clearly decreased considerably in 2020 and 2021, it was the third-largest P2P market between Hyderabad and the Center East, behind solely Dubai and Jeddah.

IndiGo will compete head-to-head with Saudia (3x weekly; A330-300) and flynas (4x weekly; A320neo). Whereas Air India at present operates Hyderabad-Riyadh (4x weekly; A320neo), its final bookable flight is on October twenty ninth.

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IndiGo’s tenth Saudi route

Cirium exhibits that, as of September seventh, IndiGo can have flights from 15 Indian airports to 11 airports throughout the Center East this winter. With virtually one in each 5 Gulf flights, Saudi Arabia is a crucial a part of its community.

IndiGo’s 10-strong Saudi community this winter is summarized beneath. Eight of the ten have head-to-head competitors with one or typically a number of carriers. The one exceptions are Hyderabad and Mumbai to Dammam, on which IndiGo would be the solely airline this winter.

  1. Delhi to Dammam: 1x day by day; A320
  2. Delhi to Jeddah: 1x day by day; A320
  3. Delhi to Riyadh: 1x day by day; A320
  4. Kozhikode to Dammam: 1x day by day; A320
  5. Kozhikode to Jeddah: 1x day by day; A320
  6. Hyderabad to Dammam: 1x day by day; A320
  7. Hyderabad to Riyadh: 1x day by day (at present bookable at 2x weekly); A320
  8. Mumbai to Dammam: 1x day by day; A320
  9. Mumbai to Jeddah: 1x day by day; A321
  10. Mumbai to Riyadh: 1x day by day; A321

IndiGo’s Saudi community this winter (as of September seventh). Picture: GCMap.

Saudi development?

IndiGo will search to increase its Saudi community additional. How lengthy till it will increase the frequency of explicit current routes? Will it introduce any of the next – eight of which will likely be unserved this winter – within the following years?

  1. Bengaluru to Dammam: 36,000 roundtrip P2P passengers in 2019; unserved this winter
  2. Bengaluru to Jeddah: 120,000
  3. Bengaluru to Riyadh: 56,000; unserved this winter
  4. Chennai to Dammam: 80,000; unserved this winter
  5. Chennai to Jeddah: 101,000; unserved this winter
  6. Chennai to Riyadh: 90,000; unserved this winter
  7. Kozhikode to Riyadh: 150,000
  8. Hyderabad to Jeddah: 258,000
  9. Lucknow to Dammam: 69,000
  10. Lucknow to Jeddah: 148,000
  11. Lucknow to Riyadh: 109,000
  12. Kochi to Dammam: 118,000; unserved this winter
  13. Kochi to Jeddah: 213,000
  14. Kochi to Riyadh: 138,000
  15. Trivandrum to Dammam: 127,000; unserved this winter
  16. Trivandrum to Jeddah: 47,000; unserved this winter
  17. Trivandrum to Riyadh: 92,000

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