India's private airline IndiGo plans to launch direct flights to China

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India's private airline IndiGo planned to launch direct flights to China soon, an airline spokesperson told Xinhua on Tuesday.

The airline has enough fleet to launch the new flights to China, and is waiting for requisite permissions and approvals from the Indian government, said the spokesperson.

"With our existing fleet and the new A321neo aircraft, IndiGo will have the capability to reach cities in China, Middle East and South East Asia. At this stage, we are in the process of securing the necessary approvals to operate into China, and as soon as we receive all the requisite permissions from the Governments to operate, we will inform our key stakeholders accordingly."

The spokesperson further said, "We are evaluating all such opportunities to expand our network and provide many more choices to our customers."

It is expected that the airline would launch the flights to China by November.

According to aviation industry sources, IndiGo mulled launching flights on two routes, Delhi-Chengdu and Kolkata-Guangzhou. Kolkata is the capital city of India's eastern state West Bengal.

Currently, IndiGo operates to 70 destinations, including 17 overseas.

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