SpiceJet, on Monday announced the launch of two new seasonal flights connecting Mumbai, the financial capital of India, with Male.
New Direct Flight
The new direct flights between Mumbai and Male will commence in a phased manner from December 24, 2020 under India’s air bubble agreement with Maldives, SpiceJet said.
Till January 3, 2021, flights will operate on all days except Tuesdays and Fridays, whereas effective January 4, 2021, flights will operate on every Monday, Thursday and Sunday. SG 91 will depart from Mumbai at 12.35 p.m. and reach Male at 3 p.m. (local time) while on return SG 92 will take off at 4 p.m. and reach Mumbai at 7.30 p.m. (local time). The airline will deploy its Boeing 737 aircraft to operate on this route.
SpiceJet is celebrating the launch of its new flights by announcing introductory all-inclusive starting fares of Rs. 9,012 on Mumbai-Male and Rs. 9,501 on Male-Mumbai route.
Bookings are now open on www.spicejet.com, SpiceJet’s mobile app and through online travel portals and travel agents.
SpiceJet New Flights
*All timings are as per local standard time.
SpiceJet operates a fleet of Boeing 737s, Bombardier Q-400s and freighters and is the country’s largest regional player operating 59 daily flights under UDAN or the Regional Connectivity Scheme. The majority of the airline’s fleet offers SpiceMax, the most spacious economy class seating in India.
The airline also operates a dedicated air cargo service under the brand name SpiceXpress offering safe, on-time, efficient and seamless cargo connectivity across India and on international routes.
Air Bubble Agreements
While all scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, special flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat mission since May and under air bubble arrangements since July.
India has formed air bubble arrangements with more than 22 countries, including the Maldives. Under an air bubble agreement between two nations, airlines of both the countries can operate special flights between their territories with certain restrictions.
Seaplane Services Back
The SpiceShuttle seaplane flight services in Gujarat is set to restart from December 27, 2020. The flight services operate between Ahmedabad and Kevadia. In a statement, the airline said that the operations between the two destinations will start from December 27 with two daily flights on the route. It further said that the visitors can book their tickets from December 20, 2020 onwards.
Flights to US?
SpiceJet had on November 25, 2020, has submitted an application for foreign air carrier permit before the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to start scheduled commercial flights carrying passengers and cargo between the two countries as soon as possible.
“SpiceJet applies for a foreign air carrier permit as envisaged by the terms of the air transport agreement between the government of the United States of America and the government of India, signed on January 15, 2005,” the submission read.
In July 2020, the government of India had given SpiceJet its permission to go ahead with its plan to start the US operations.
The airline plans to start operating charters carrying Covid-19 PPE cargo, and repatriation passengers between Delhi and New York JFK International Airport, thus contributing to the ongoing relief operations.
“With the demise of Jet Airways, Air India is the only Indian carrier to ply routes to the United States where it serves Chicago O’Hare, New York JFK, New York Newark, San Francisco, CA, and Washington Dulles from Delhi. From Mumbai Int’l, it serves Newark,” a report in itln.in said.
For its proposed US operations, SpiceJet is planning to operate Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-800 cargo and Boeing 737-800 passenger aircraft. The airline also noted that it may expand its fleet of aircraft used for the US operations in the near future, including wet leases.
SpiceJet currently operates 111 aircraft, including 4 Boeing 737-900 ER,1 Boeing 737-900, 13 Boeing 737 Max 8, 49 Boeing 737-800, 7 Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-700 freighter, 2 Boeing 737-800 freighter and 32 Q400, 3 type aircraft.