IndiGo and Vistara, too, are planning flights between Delhi and Moscow to tap growth in trade and tourism. "We do plan to start flights to Russia sometime during the course of this year. The exact timelines are yet to be finalised," IndiGo said in a statement. "We will be sharing details about our new international destinations at an appropriate time," a Vistara spokesperson said.
The new flights come against the backdrop of the Indian government's move to boost air connectivity
with Central Asia and tap thd interest of Russian investors in India. Russian companies
and government-backed funds have showed interest in the high speed rail projects in Gujarat and revival of Jet Airways.
Around 450,000 people flew between India and Russia in twelve months ending December 2019, a growth of around ten per cent over the previous year. Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan have seen 24 and 50 per cent year on year growth in passengers to/from India, respectively7. Tajikistan's Somon Air which launched two weekly flights to Delhi last December sees lot of tourist and student traffic from India.
"Around 80 per cent of Russian tourists visit Goa and the rest visit Kerala, Delhi and Agra. The new flights will bring more tourists to Mumbai but will largely benefit outbound travel as Indians are now exploring new destinations," said H S Duggal, managing director of Minar Travels which specialises in inbound tourism.
"Traveller interest to Russia and some of the CIS countries has been growing steadily. In fact Russia is among top ten countries booked by travellers from India on Cleartrip. The Russian government has also made visiting some key destinations in the country easier for Indian citizens by extending the e-visa facility. Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan are some of the other destinations in the region gaining popularity among tourists from India," said Balu Ramachandran, senior vice president, Cleartrip.com
Around 450,000 people flew between India and Russia in twelve months ending December 2019 which is nearly half of all traffic between India-Russia and the CIS countries.
Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan have seen the fastest traffic growth in the same period.
Aeroflot, Air Arabia and Uzbekistan Airways are the largest airlines on India-Russia and CIS routes
IndiGo and Vistara plan to start Moscow flights this year