In one of the biggest fleet expansions in Indian aviation history, aggressive low-cost carrier SpiceJet said it will add six new aircraft to its existing fleet in the next 30 days.
The low-cost carrier, also unveiled a new winter schedule raising total daily flights to 291 from the current 250, adding 10 new sectors, 30 new frequencies and 22 connecting flights.
With this, the capacity of the airline will go up by 16%.
“The induction of the new planes is a part of SpiceJet’s comprehensive plan of operating an enhanced flight schedule to meet the winter demand while offering travellers more convenience and a great choice of flight options,” it said.
Among the newly added sectors, those effective from 25th October 2015 are Ahmedabad – Goa, Mumbai – Varanasi, and Varanasi – Hyderabad while the flights for Khozhikode – Dubai and Amritsar – Dubai routes are set to commence operations from 15th November 2015
The airline has reinforced its frequencies on multiple routes such as Mumbai – Chennai, Delhi – Chennai, Goa – Mumbai, Delhi – Kolkata, Kolkata – Agartala, Mumbai – Kochi, Hyderabad – Mumbai, and Chennai – Madurai amongst many others.
New onward connections added to the existing network include Pune – Srinagar, Delhi – Madurai, Mumbai – Madurai and Ahmedabad – Coimbatore among others.
The new network expansion program renders special attention to the tier II and tier III cities aimed at unlocking the tourism potential from these cities. Varanasi gets a new connection to Hyderabad and Mumbai and connecting flight to Coimbatore and Bengaluru while Agartala gets increased flights to Kolkata and via connections to Delhi and Chennai.
Shilpa Bhatia, Sr. VP and Head of Sales and Distribution, SpiceJet, said, “We have been speedily moving on the growth path by consistently adding new flights to enhance our overall network. With the new network schedule we are offering better timings, increased frequencies.”