Low-cost carrier IndiGo on Thursday announced the launch of 12 flights on the Buddhist circuit including Gaya, Patna and Varanasi.
It will operate its 70-seater ATR aircraft on Kolkata-Gaya, Kolkata–Patna, Kolkata–Varanasi and Gaya–Varanasi from August 8.
In due course, it plans to connect passengers from South East Asia and China to these Buddhist pilgrimage sites, according to its CCO William Boulter.
The country’s largest airline by market share, IndiGo will soon be starting flights to Vietnam and has already announced the launch of flights to Chengdu in China with effect from September 15. It also serves Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Thailand, all of which have sizeable Buddhist population.