Continuing its rapid growth in the international market, SpiceJet has announced service to Sharjah from Pune. Commencing on September 21st, SpiceJet will fly Pune-Sharjah-Pune 4 times weekly on its 189-seat 737-800 aircraft.
|SG 051||PNQ 22:30||SHJ 00:25 +1||737-800||Mo/We/Th/Sa|
|SG 052||SHJ 01:25||PNQ 06:00||737-800||Tu/Th/Fr/Su|
While the timings aren’t particularly appealing, they allow SpiceJet to utilize an aircraft which otherwise would be unutilized overnight. In addition, Pune’s Indian Air Force controlled airport is notoriously difficult to get slots at, so it is an achievement in many ways that SpiceJet is able to operate this flight at all.
Pune is the latest inclusion in SpiceJet’s interesting international strategy of connecting secondary cities with big city destinations. SpiceJet has been experimenting with this niche – it has already connected Sharjah with Varanasi and Lucknow, cities which previously were lacking sufficient nonstop Gulf connections despite large migrant worker populations. SpiceJet also flies from Madurai to Columbo, and it will be commencing a flight from Ahmedabad to Muscat next month.
SpiceJet has also been working on connecting major Indian cities with smaller destinations – SpiceJet’s flights to Kabul, Afghanistan and Guangzhou, China from Delhi have been hugely successful. The out-of-the-box thinking displayed by SpiceJet’s market route planning team is very impressive.
SpiceJet has also stated intention to connect Pune with Bangkok, either via nonstop or direct flight. A formal announcement of this route is expected in the coming weeks.