(Reuters)
(Reuters)

As Jet wobbles, SpiceJet to launch a slew of new international flights

SpiceJet will be the only Indian budget carrier to launch daily direct flights on the Mumbai-Colombo, Mumbai-Dhaka, Mumbai-Riyadh, Mumbai-Hong Kong and Mumbai-Kathmandu routes

GURUGRAM : After announcing six new domestic flights last week, budget carrier SpiceJet today announced the launch of a slew of new international flights from Mumbai to Colombo, Dhaka, Riyadh, Hong Kong, Jeddah, and Kathmandu.

"SpiceJet will be the only Indian budget carrier operating on a majority of routes that we have announced today thus providing leisure and business travellers with more options to choose from," Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet, said in a statement.

SpiceJet, which had earlier said it will take on lease 16 new aircraft that could be deployed in 10 days, will deploy Boeing 737 NG aircraft in the new routes.

SpiceJet had last week announced six new domestic flights connecting Mumbai with Kolkata, Chennai and Varanasi. While SpiceJet’s international flight to Bangkok will start from 17 May, the domestic flights will operate from 18 April.

In a statement, SpiceJet said Mumbai is a key destination on their airline's network and the airline aims to further scale up its international and domestic connectivity from the city. SpiceJet already connects Mumbai with a non-stop flight to Dubai and recently announced a new daily direct flight to Bangkok. SpiceJet aims to enhance its operations between Mumbai and Dubai with two additional frequencies.

Riyadh and Kathmandu are two upcoming international destinations of SpiceJet while the airline already operates flights to Colombo from Chennai and Madurai, Dhaka from Kolkata, Dubai from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Amritsar, Jaipur and Madurai, Hong Kong from Delhi and Jeddah from Hyderabad besides an upcoming flight from Kozhikode.

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