Indian low cost carrier SpiceJet is launching eight new non-stop international flights from the country’s busiest metros of Mumbai and Delhi taking its international network to 10 services. The airline, which also operates two dedicated B737 freighters under the SpiceXpress brand, is the first Indian LCC to connect Mumbai with Riyadh and Dhaka and Delhi with Dhaka and Jeddah.
Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia, earmarks SpiceJet’s 10th international destination and the fourth station in the Middle Eastern market. The flights to Dhaka and Jeddah are effective from the last week of July while the flight to Riyadh will commence on 15 August 2019.
SpiceJet will service Mumbai-Riyadh-Mumbai, Mumbai-Dhaka-Mumbai, Delhi-Dhaka-Delhi and Delhi-Jeddah-Delhi with daily non-stop flights utilising B737-800 aircraft on all the routes.
Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet says: “We are delighted to add Riyadh as our tenth international destination and add more flights to Jeddah and Dhaka thus providing our passengers with multiple flight options.”
The first Indian LCC to connect Jeddah with Hyderabad and Kozhikode, the airline is all set to commence operations on the Mumbai-Jeddah route from 5 July 2019. SpiceJet also connects Dhaka and Kolkata with double daily flights.
SpiceJet operates 597 average daily flights to 62 destinations, including 53 domestic and 10 international ones with its fleet of 76 B737, 31 Bombardier Q-400s and two B737 freighters.
The airline also operates a dedicated air cargo service under the brand name SpiceXpress offering what it says is “safe, on-time, efficient and seamless cargo connectivity” across India and on international routes. SpiceJet is the first Indian combination carrier to offer end-to-end cargo services.
The carrier plans to add four more B737NG Freighters to its fleet during the next FY2020, giving it a total of six freighters.