IndiGo appoints Ronojoy Dutta as CEO, adds Istanbul route

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Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo has appointed Ronojoy Dutta as chief executive officer (CEO) and M Damodaran as independent non-executive director and chairman of the board.

Dutta has was president of United Airlines, where he worked for nearly 20 years, and has been advisor to the restructuring of both Air Canada and US Airways, and was engaged in long-term consulting contracts with Hawaiian Airlines and Air Canada. Dutta also has experience in the aviation industry in India, having served as the president of Air Sahara for two years.

He takes over from the carrier’s co-founder Rahul Bhatia who has been interim CEO.

Dutta said: “IndiGo has had phenomenal success in establishing itself as a world class airline, and I am so very happy to be given this opportunity to be a part of it. IndiGo is blessed to be operating in one of the highest growth economies of the world, and this opens up future opportunities for rapid growth.

“Most importantly, IndiGo has an enthusiastic, energetic workforce who are an absolute delight to work with. I look forward to working with the employees to ensure that IndiGo’s future is even brighter than its past.”

Damodaran has held a number of important positions in the Central and State Governments and in India’s financial sector, including chairman, Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI), chairman, Unit Trust of India (UTI), chairman, Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI), and chief secretary, Government of Tripura.

Meanwhile, IndiGo continues to expand its international network and has added a 16th route to Istanbul. The airline will fly daily to the Turkish city from 20 March utilising an Airbus A321.