India's IndiGo has received the first of 50 ATR 72-600s, which it will use to bring air connectivity to smaller Indian airports and communities under the government's Regional Connectivity Scheme.
India's IndiGo took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 on 17th November. This is the first of the 50 ATR 72-600s ordered earlier this year. The carrier plans to use the Franco-Italian turboprops to expand its regional footprint and bring air connectivity to smaller Indian airports and communities.
IndiGo currently operates an all-Airbus fleet of 133 A320s in both neo and ceo versions. Turboprop operations are scheduled to start by the end of this year.
The introduction of the new ATR fleet is in line with the Indian government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme, which aims to boost economic development, employment and tourism by connecting small and remote cities. Under this scheme 100 new airports are expected to be created in the next three years.