SpiceJet, on Tuesday announced the launch of 20 new flights on its domestic network. The new flights will start in phases starting December 5, 2020.
Domestic Network Expansion
The airline has announced the addition of Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, as its latest domestic destination. It has introduced non-stop flights connecting the city with the key metros of Delhi and Mumbai. The airline will operate daily flights on Delhi-Ranchi-Delhi sector and Mumbai-Ranchi-Mumbai sector.
SpiceJet will also connect Shirdi, a major pilgrimage centre in Maharashtra with Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad with new daily non-stop flights.
New Flight Services
Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Commercial Officer, SpiceJet said, “We are delighted to add Ranchi, one of the prime industrial centres of eastern India, to our domestic network. Our new flights connecting Ranchi with key metros of Mumbai and Delhi will boost trade and we see a strong demand from both business and leisure travellers. Our new flight services from Shirdi to Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad will prove to be beneficial to thousands of devotees who intend to visit the temple town after it was re-opened to pilgrims recently.”
New SpiceJet Routes
The airline has also introduced a host of new flights connecting Ahmedabad. These flights will operate on Ahmedabad-Jammu-Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad-Guwahati-Ahmedabad and Ahmedabad-Kochi-Ahmedabad sectors. While the flights between Ahmedabad and Kochi will operate daily, flights on Ahmedabad-Jammu-Ahmedabad sector will operate on all days except Sundays whereas flights on Ahmedabad-Guwahati-Ahmedabad will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
SpiceJet will also enhance its operations with additional frequencies on the Delhi-Goa-Delhi (2nd frequency) and Delhi-Kolkata-Delhi (3rd frequency) sectors. The airline will deploy a mix of its Boeing 737 and Bombardier Q400 aircraft on the newly introduced routes.
SpiceJet is celebrating the launch of its new flights by announcing introductory all-inclusive starting fares of Rs. 3,430 on Delhi-Ranchi, Rs. 3,980 on Ranchi-Delhi, Rs. 4,005 on Mumbai-Ranchi, Rs. 4,167 on Ranchi-Mumbai, Rs. 3,956 on Delhi-Shirdi, Rs. 3,981 on Shirdi-Delhi, Rs. 3,556 on Bengaluru-Shirdi, Rs. 3,457 on Shirdi- Bengaluru, INR 3,147 on Hyderabad -Shirdi, INR 2,931 on Shirdi-Hyderabad, INR 5,015 on Ahmedabad-Jammu, INR 5,030 on Jammu-Ahmedabad, INR 5,789 on Ahmedabad-Guwahati, INR 6,192 on Guwahati-Ahmedabad, INR 3,439 on Ahmedabad-Kochi and INR 4,980 on Kochi-Ahmedabad route.
With the new flights, passengers from Ranchi, Shirdi and Guwahati will now be able to easily travel to a host of cities on SpiceJet’s domestic as well as international network.
US Flights On Network
SpiceJet is planning to start commercial flights to the United States using its existing B737 fleet, ch-aviation reported. In its application for a foreign air carrier permit and exemption authority, the Indian budget carrier told the US Department of Transportation it would target the passenger repatriation as well as cargo sectors.
For its proposed US operations, SpiceJet has sought authorisation to use its B737-700(BDSF) freighters as well as a B737-800(BCF) and four B737-800s. However, subject to appropriate authorisations, it said it may instead begin charter flights through a wet-lease arrangement and then transition to its own fleet thereafter.
“SpiceJet may expand its fleet of aircraft used for US operations in the near future, including wet leases, subject to appropriate arrangements and approvals,” it added. “It will further develop its cargo and passenger services once the Covid-19 epidemic subsides.”
The Indian LCC has requested expedited processing of its application to allow it to begin the proposed services as soon as possible.
Given the distances involved and the range of the B737-800s, it is likely SpiceJet will employ widebody capacity for its passenger flights to the US. For its European debut due on December 4, SpiceJet will wet-lease an A330-900 from Hi Fly for 3x weekly flights between Delhi and London Heathrow.
SpiceJet recently started air services to Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from India with its first flight landing in the Gulf city from Delhi, making it the airline’s 12th international destination.