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MANAMA: India’s low-cost domestic airline IndiGo yesterday announced Bahrain’s World Travel Service (WTS) as its general sales agent in the country.

Addressing a Press conference at the InterContinental Regency Hotel, airline’s chief commercial officer Sanjay Kumar said that with this alliance, IndiGo plans to introduce a robust network of travel agents to strengthen its position in the Middle East by offering customers choice in affordable air travel and the ease to explore India.

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“Our partnership with WTS brings to the table the strength and advantage of a successful and stable Indian airline and a well-established travel business partner with expertise of the local trade channel,” said Mr Kumar.

“This association will be able to cater to the needs of corporate and individual travellers and will facilitate their travel.”

He said the appointment of WTS outlines their intent of expanding their distribution and business through leading travel agents of Bahrain.

“We will now be able to offer visitors and travellers an affordable option. We are certain that our team of travel agents with their experience and expertise will support IndiGo in strengthening its business from Bahrain.”

WTS chief executive Hisham Al Baradie said they are proud and delighted to be representing IndiGo in Bahrain.

“I am confident this partnership will further add to quality air travel option for the vast ethnic and business community facilitating tourism and trade.”

IndiGo connects 17 destinations in India, including Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Vadodara.

It plans to serve approximately 30 Indian cities by 2010, with a fleet of approximately 40 A320s.