SpiceJet Plans Rapid Expansion

India’s second largest LCC, SpiceJet, has announced plans to expand rapidly over the next 3.5 months.

SpiceJet has very successfully operated Q400 turboprops in South India, connecting smaller cities with metro cities like Hyderabad and Chennai. With the delivery of 5 more Q400s at the beginning of this month, SpiceJet has announced a new Q400 base at Delhi.

Beginning tomorrow, SpiceJet will launch Q400 service to Amritsar, Chandirgarh, and Indore from Delhi. Srinagar will also gain additional service.

From next Thursday, Dehradun will be connected to Delhi.

Other destinations are also planned in the near future using Q400s. Dharamsala, Pantnagar, Bikaner, Jabalpur, Khajuraho, Udaipur, Jaipur, and Kanpur are among the destinations being considered.

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Internationally, SpiceJet is also growing rapidly. At the beginning of July end of June, SpiceJet inaugurated service to Dubai, its 3rd international destination after Kathmandu and Colombo. Dubai is connected to both Mumbai and Delhi. SpiceJet also plans to connect Dubai to Hyderabad, Kochi, and Chennai this year.

In the next 3.5 months, flights to Riyadh, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Male and Kabul are planned. All cities will be served by SpiceJet’s Boeing 737 fleet. In order to support this rapid growth, SpiceJet will add an additional 8 aircraft this year, taking the total fleet strength over 50.

Comments

  1. Sanjeev M says:

    Glad to see SG take more risky routes like Guangzhou and avoiding Indigo on the tried and tested routes like Singapore and Muscat.

  2. The DXB route started in June end. And yes, it will be interested to see their route strategy and open up more routes than the existing services.

  3. Sanjeev M says:

    So SG is starting DEL-Kabul. Excellent. This route is even shorter than DEL-MAA! Interesting that SG is promoting USD fares on its main webpage, maybe to attract some US government and contract traffic to DEL. At only 3-weekly they’ll fill this plane no problem (and hopefully make money too)