SpiceJet Eyes Network Expansion Including New International Routes

SpiceJet will be expanding its offering this fall with six new domestic routes and a second non-stop international flight on its Kolkata to Bangkok route. The airline sees particular potential in its Kolkata-Bangkok route for the upcoming festive season.

A SpiceJet Jet
SpiceJet has announced a number of new domestic flights. Photo: Alec Wilson via Flickr

In August, Simple Flying reported on an exciting round of SpiceJet expansions planned for October. The details of these routes have now been revealed. As reported by Business Traveller today, Indian low-cost airline SpiceJet will be expanding a number of routes throughout September and October.

Buoyed by the demise of its domestic competitor, Jet Airways, SpiceJet has enjoyed a highly successful year so far. So successful in fact, that it turned down multiple investment offers from potential stakeholder partners.

The airline posted record second-quarter profits after quickly capitalizing on the gap left behind by Jet Airways. Even amidst the losses caused by the Boeing 737 MAX grounding, SpiceJet was able to increase its seat capacity by 31% in the second quarter.

SpiceJet’s autumn expansion

The new selection of flights announced by SpiceJet last week are intended to increase the options available to customers.

SpiceJet’s current domestic offering on Kolkata-Chennai and Chennai-Shirdi routes will be reinforced with additional flights. Kolkata to Shirdi will also be connected with a direct flight via Chennai for onward travellers.

A Jet Airways Boeing 737-800
SpiceJet has succeeded after the downfall of its competitor Jet Airways. Photo: Aero Icarus via Flickr

Kolkata to Bangkok will also get an additional non-stop flight for international travellers between the two destinations. The increased domestic capacity will provide more options for travellers over the upcoming Durga Puja holidays between 4-8 October.

SpiceJet’s Chief Marketing Officer, Debojo Maharshi, said,

“Our additional frequencies from Kolkata to Bangkok and Chennai have been perfectly timed to meet and support the travel plans during Durga Puja holidays and the upcoming festive season. We are confident that the enhanced frequencies will offer better connectivity and flexibility to every traveller.”

How will SpiceJet cover the additional capacity?

SpiceJet has announced it will be using its Boeing 737-800s to operate the new flights this autumn. As the main aircraft in operation within SpiceJet’s fleet, the Boeing 737-800 is an obvious choice to cover the new flights.

A SpiceJet Boeing 737
SpiceJet is using its Boeing 737-800s for the new flights. Photo: Jonathan Payne via Flickr

Had SpiceJet’s 13 Boeing 737 MAX not been put out of action in March’s worldwide grounding, the airline may well have opted to approach the situation differently. It would likely have chosen to use its 737 MAX on its most in-demand routes, and those with the highest ticket prices.

SpiceJet going forward

Despite a strong financial performance in the fourth quarter, SpiceJet posted a $45 million loss for the 2018/19 financial year. SpiceJet’s strong second-quarter profits for 2019/20 represent a quick turnaround in fortunes from last year.

SpiceJet also has plans to fly direct to Manchester and London Heathrow as we reported in July. There is no further information on these routes for now, but the airline is clearly enjoying a period of strong growth.