Low-fare airline SpiceJet Wednesday launched daily flights to Dubai from Delhi and Mumbai as part of the carrier’s plan to expand into international markets.
Addressing reporters on the day SpiceJet’s Boeing 737-800s took off its debut flights from Dubai's Terminal 1 to Delhi and Mumbai, senior officials of the airline said they were working on opening up more new routes to offer a wider choice of flights to customers.
"Opening up Dubai is a milestone for us as it will offer us an opportunity to serve the large Indian and Western expatriate community along with the UAE citizens with an affordable flying option," SpiceJet chief executive officer Neil Mills said.
SpiceJet operates more than 275 daily flights to 34 Indian cities and 2 international destinations. It has acquired 7 new Bombardier Q400 aircraft for enhancing connectivity to Tier II and Tier III cities.
Mills said Dubai is a significant addition to its portfolio of destinations and complements the airline’s strategy to connect more Asian points to SpiceJet routes.
"Dubai is a key destination and connecting to this bustling cosmopolitan city will also add more value to our global prospects as the emirate’s busy airport is a corridor to Europe and Asia for global passengers," he said.
SpiceJet currently operates in two international routes – Delhi-Kathmandu and Chennai-Colombo and Dubai is the third global destination of the airline.