Mumbai-based budget carrier GoAir is ready to start its first international services to Male, in the Maldives and Phuket, Thailand, this October.

However, schedules for the airline’s first international services have not been finalised and bookings are not possible for either destination on the airline’s website.

It is understood the airline is waiting confirmation that two Airbus A320s will be delivered in time to launch the flights during October.

The airline has 23 A320s in its fleet delivered under the terms of a contract that will see the airline buy 144 of the aircraft from Airbus.

Established in 2015 and serving 23 cities in India, the airline gained approval to fly to international destinations from the Indian government last year.

Indian airlines have to first show they operate reliable services on domestic routes for two years before they can be eligible to offer international services.

Originally, the airline was granted rights to operate to Iran, China, Vietnam, Maldives, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Thailand was added to the list, earlier this year, and the airline confirmed it would start services to the popular southern Thailand tourist island this October.

It will be the first Indian airline to offer direct scheduled services to Phuket.

GoAir is India’s fifth biggest airline by market share estimated at 7.8% in 2016.

It operates around 140 flights daily to 23 Indian cities using a fleet of A320s.

The airline is owned by Mumbai headquartered Waida Group, one of India’s oldest conglomerates, established in 1736 to build ships and docks for the British East India Company.

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