In the month and a half since I discussed Spicejet’s Rapid Expansion Plans, the carrier has steadily continued planning international routes.
SpiceJet brought its 4th international destination online when it commenced nonstop service from Delhi to Kabul on 737 aircraft this month. In addition, the flights to Guangzhou and Riyadh from Delhi are expected to come online by October.
SpiceJet has also expressed interest to fly from Delhi to Dhaka, continuing on to Yangon. This would make SpiceJet the only Indian LCC serving Bangladesh, and the only private carrier serving Burma. Ministry approval is still awaited on this route.
Finally, SpiceJet has clarified that the service to Male it proposed would be from Trivandrum, and would be on the carrier’s short range Q400 aircraft. Trivandrum-Male-Trivandrum is served by the flag carriers of both India and the Maldives (Air India and Maldivian respectively). It features on the list of most profitable routes for Air India as well.
With international expansion to unusual destinations continuing at a brisk pace, SpiceJet seems to have its strategy laid out clearly. Hopefully, it will work out well for the carrier.