Friday, August 12, 2011

SpiceJet to start regional operations

Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Aug 12, 2011

Budget SpiceJet is starting its slightly delayed Q-400 operations on Sept 21. It is opening bookings for the first phase from Hyderabad to seven Tier II and Tier III destinations - Aurangabad, Bhopal, Indore, Mangalore, Rajahmundry, Tirupati and Vijayawada.

The all-inclusive inaugural fare on these routes begins from Rs. 1999, says a statement.

The Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft accommodates 78 passengers.  SpiceJet had placed an order for 30 aircraft and says it is in the process of taking delivery of the first 4 aircraft during August.

Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) had been chosen as the first base for the regional operations. The south-central location of Hyderabad reduces flying time to any of the cities in the region making it the most suitable location to connect other cities especially in the South.

SpiceJet will also be adding routes within its existing destinations using the Q400 aircraft and will operate direct flights from Hyderabad to Goa, Madurai, Nagpur and Pune and Bangalore to Vizag. SpiceJet will also be flying on 3 currently unconnected routes – Hyderabad-Mangalore, Hyderabad-Aurangabad and Vizag-Tirupati.

 “We decided to strategically focus on improving air connectivity in Tier-II and Tier-III towns as we believe there is a large market in India which is yet to be touched by the benefits of the aviation revolution. With the launch of our Q-400 turbo-prop operations, Mr. Maran’s vision to offer extensive domestic coverage to SpiceJet passengers in Tier II and Tier III cities is now being realized. We are very happy to be entering this new phase of growth, which we believe holds the future of the aviation industry in the country,” said Neil Mills, CEO.

With 14% market share, SpiceJet operates 202 flights daily to 21 Indian cities . It flies to 
Kathmandu and Colombo on the international sector. It has a  fleet of 29 Boeing 737-800 / 737-900ERs.

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