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SpiceJet tries to fill Jet Airways' void, to launch slew of international flights from Mumbai

SpiceJet tries to fill Jet Airways' void, to launch slew of international flights from Mumbai

SpiceJet tries to fill Jet Airways' void, to launch slew of international flights from Mumbai
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By Anu Sharma  Apr 15, 2019 11:00:40 AM IST (Updated)

All proposed eight destinations were earlier serviced by Jet Airways from Mumbai.

Eyeing an opportunity to aggressively expand international operations, budget carrier SpiceJet Ltd will launch a slew of flights from Mumbai, connecting the financial capital to eight destinations directly, the airline said in a statement.

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All proposed eight destinations were earlier serviced by Jet Airways from Mumbai. These include Hong Kong, Jeddah, Colombo, Dhaka, Riyadh, Bangkok and Kathmandu.
"SpiceJet will be the first and only Indian budget carrier to launch daily direct flights on the Mumbai-Colombo, Mumbai-Dhaka, Mumbai-Riyadh, Mumbai-Hong Kong and Mumbai-Kathmandu sectors. The airline will be deploying its Boeing 737 NG aircraft on the new routes," the airline said.
SpiceJet already connects Mumbai with a non-stop flight to Dubai and recently announced a new daily direct flight to Bangkok. The airline aims to enhance its operations between Mumbai and Dubai with two additional frequencies.
SpiceJet had last week announced six new domestic flights connecting Mumbai with Kolkata, Chennai and Varanasi.
The airline is expected to be the top beneficiary of the slot transfer process which got initiated when Jet Airways active fleet got reduced to 35 planes late March. While the civil aviation ministry suggested the arrangement, several airlines were in talks with airport operators privately as well to temporarily transfer the slots.
As many as 150 flight movements (arrival and departure) or slots were available just at Delhi airport post the sudden reduction of Jet Airways fleet and grounding of MAX planes in India following safety concerns.
The number of Jet Airways' unused lots available at Mumbai would be much higher as the city is the hub for the 26-year-old carrier.
"We got a few at Delhi. But, in Mumbai it will be much higher," a senior executive at SpiceJet had told CNBC-TV18 on Friday.
In the initial round, around 80-90 slots are likely to have been distributed among various carriers across six metro airports.
In fact, not just slots, SpiceJet has also been able to see an opportunity to expand its fleet, which got reduced post grounding of its 12 MAX planes in March. The airline, which currently has 48 Boeing 737 and 24 Q400s, is now looking to start induction of 16 B737-NG aircraft on dry lease in a matter of seven days. All these 16 are those 737 which were operating under Jet Airways until a few weeks back. Both SpiceJet and Jet Airways fly the Boeing 737.
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