Aviation Week Daily
Sep 7, 2010
By Neelam Mathews
Indian low-fare carrier SpiceJet will start international operations with its first flights to Kathmandu, Nepal, and Colombo, Sri Lanka, from Delhi and Chennai starting Oct. 7 and Oct. 9, respectively, using its 189-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the routes. Fares on these routes appear to be the most competitive, at about 40% less than others in the market.
“Our goal has been to identify the needs of our passengers and try to fill gaps in connectivity,” said Kishore Gupta, director of SpiceJet.
SpiceJet’s new CEO Neil Mills, who is a former chief financial officer of flydubai, will start his new assignment to coincide with the new destinations.
The carrier has a fleet of 22 Boeing 737 aircraft with 141 daily flights. Six aircraft will be added to its fleet by the end of March 2011.
Regulatory guidelines say a domestic airline is eligible to fly abroad only after it completes five years of operation and has a minimum fleet of 20 aircraft.