SpiceJet Plans Huge Domestic Network Expansion Within India

SpiceJet will launch 46 new flights on its domestic network, according to Business Traveller. The new tranche of flights for the Indian carrier will begin on October 27, 2019, as the budget airline looks to expand its operation.

SpiceJet is to launch 46 new flights. Photo: Venkat Mangudi via Flickr.

Revamped schedule

As part of its revamped flight schedule, SpiceJet has added Rajkot as its 54th domestic destination. The airline will mark this decision by providing a daily non-stop flight from Mumbai to Rajkot. The low-cost airline will also add a new service on the Chennai-Durgapur UDAN route.

Several other new flights have also been announced by SpiceJet, including Chennai-Jaipur, Vijayawada-Vishakhapatnam, Pune-Jodhpur, Mumbai-Jodhpur, Bengaluru-Guwahati, and Chennai-Vishakhapatnam.

Aside from the entirely new routes, SpiceJet is also providing extended frequencies to several established destinations. Additional frequencies will thus be added to Hyderabad-Varanasi, Bengaluru-Shirdi, Chennai-Ahmedabad, Chennai-Guwahati, Hyderabad-Bengaluru, Delhi-Ahmedabad, Kolkata-Chennai, and Chennai-Bengaluru.

The budget airline has benefited from the collapse of Jet Airways. Photo: CG Factory via Pexels.

New focus

Commenting on at the new routes, Ajay Singh, the chairman and managing director of SpiceJet, told Business Traveller that the strategy of the airline is very much focused on serving parts of the country that are currently sparsely served by the existing airline network.

“We are excited to announce the launch of 46 new domestic flights and the addition of Rajkot, one of the prime industrial centres in Gujarat. As we add newer cities and flights to our network providing affordable air travel options to more and more people, our focus remains firmly on connecting the unconnected parts of the country.

“We are absolutely bullish on the growth potential of the smaller cities and towns of India and see great demand on the routes we have announced today,” Singh commented.

In order to meet the increased demand created by the new routes, SpiceJet intends to deploy a combination of Boeing 737 NG and Bombardier Q400 aircraft. SpiceJet had been expected to expand its domestic operation for some time, particularly after its former competitor Jet Airways filed for bankruptcy.

SpiceJet posted record profits in its most recent financial quarter. Photo: Venkat Mangudi via Flickr.

UK plans

It was also reported back in July that SpiceJet is intending to fly direct to the UK at some point during this winter. The budget airline has requested slots at both London Heathrow and Manchester Airport, as it attempts to grab a share of the British-Indian market. However, there are question marks regarding the airline’s inventory that will be required in order to fulfil this plan.

SpiceJet announced excellent financial figures in August, with its profits reaching record levels, based on a 35% growth in operational revenue. SpiceJet had also added 32 aircraft to its fleet during this period, and the overall financial health of the company is no mean feat at a challenging time for the airline industry.

In other news, Business Traveller also reports that Vistara will be adding daily flights to Patna in Bihar and Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh from November.

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