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India GoAir to launch direct flights to Iran

Mumbai-based low-cost carrier GoAir has sought the government’s permission to start international operations and traffic rights to fly to Iran and  13 other countries, from summer 2017.

Go Airlines India Pvt., as the fourth largest carrier of the Asian country, is planning to establish international flights to countries like Iran, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, China, Thailand, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Oman, Qatar and the UAE.

The Indian government issues foreign flight licenses twice a year, in summer and winter.

GoAir Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said the carrier is bidding to be allowed to fly to the countries mentioned on a scheduled basis during the summer schedule 2017; “extensive evaluations have been conducted to reach a comprehensive plan for implementation.”

Spice Jet, IndiGo, GoAir and AirAsia India are prominent Indian airliners known to offer the lowest, cheapest fares for flight tickets though only Spice Jet and IndiGo offer international flights services to Persian Gulf states as well as South East Asia and SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries.

GoAir is owned by the Indian business conglomerate Wadia Group. As of February 2016, it is the fourth largest airline in India with an 8.1 percent of passenger market share. It commenced operations in November 2005 and operates a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft in all economy configuration.

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