IndiGo appoints Pieter Elbers as CEO as Ronojoy Dutta retires

Low cost carrier Indigo replaces Ranjay Dutt and appoints aviation industry veteran Peter Elbers as its chief executive officer, retiring on September 30. Elbers will join the airline on or before October 1.

Since 2014, Elbers has been the President and CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Air France-KLM Group. Its appointment is subject to regulatory approval, Indigo said in a regulatory update.

Elbers began his career with KLM in 1992 from his Schophol hub and has since held several managerial positions in the Netherlands, Japan, Greece and Italy. Upon his return to the Netherlands, he was appointed Senior Vice President of the Network and Alliance before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2011.

“What IndiGo’s staff and leadership have jointly created since its inception 16 years ago, by any standards, is truly impressive. I am very honored and look forward to working with the entire Indigo team to build this, “said Elbers.

The Gurgaon-headquartered career has also announced the retirement of current CEO Ranjoy Dutt, effective September 30. Dutt is praised for guiding Indigo through the turbulent times of Covid-19.

Indian skies are set to become competitive again as travel bans are relaxed around the world.

Earlier this month (May 12), Tata Sons-owned Air India appointed Campbell Wilson, a veteran of the aviation industry, as its chief executive officer and managing director. Wilson, who has nearly 26 years of aviation industry expertise in both full-service and low-cost airlines, is the CEO of Scoot, Singapore Airlines’ (SIA’s) low-cost subsidiary. The Tata Group plans to transform Air India as soon as possible, which has recently expanded.

Jet Airways, which closed three years ago due to the financial crisis, is set to resume commercial operations in the third quarter of this calendar year. The carrier has recently conducted certified flights and is awaiting approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Axa, the new airline backed by renowned investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, is set to launch commercial operations in July.

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