IndiGo, SpiceJet announce New Year bonanza for flyers

IndiGo is witnessing a spike in air passengers. SpiceJet looks to enhance connectivity as well

IndiGo, SpiceJet announce New Year bonanza for flyers
IndiGo and SpiceJet planes at Mumbai airport. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Thomas

New Delhi: As the New Year approaches, the Indian skies are getting busier. Soon after touching the mark of 1,000 flights a day, IndiGo announced on December 17 that it is currently operating more than 650 weekly flights to and from eight key North-eastern cities of the country.

India’s biggest private airlines IndiGo said that it is witnessing a spike in air passengers, especially from north-eastern destinations, including Agartala, Aizwal, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Guwahati, Imphal, Jorhat and Silchar. 

The airline witnessed high air travel demand from Guwahati, which is connected nonstop with major cities like Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Jaipur and with seven North-eastern cities, including Aizawl, Agartala, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Imphal and Silchar. 

“We take immense pleasure in slowly and steadily getting back to the recovery path on the back of strengthening confidence in air travel. We are providing nonstop connectivity to our customers from Northeast to key metro cities, catering to the increasing demand for direct flights owing to the pandemic,” said Sanjay Kumar, Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer, IndiGo.

Also read: IndiGo sets another landmark, becomes first Indian airline to run 1,000 daily flights

Meanwhile, SpiceJet also announced the launch of 30 new domestic flights, including six new flights from Darbhanga in Bihar. The new flights will commence in a phased manner from December 20. 

Enhancing connectivity from Darbhanga, SpiceJet will launch flights connecting the city with Ahmedabad, Pune and Hyderabad. While the flights on the Ahmedabad-Darbhanga-Ahmedabad route will operate daily, flights on the Pune-Darbhanga-Pune and Hyderabad-Darbhanga-Hyderabad routes will operate on all days except Saturdays.  

SpiceJet had on November 8 launched daily direct flights connecting Darbhanga with Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru and is the first and only airline operating to the city. 

In its bid to enhance connectivity between the metros and key non-metro cities, the airline has also launched new flights on the Hyderabad-Vishakhapatnam-Hyderabad, Chennai-Shirdi-Chennai, Kolkata-Goa-Kolkata, Ahmedabad-Gwalior-Ahmedabad and Kolkata-Port-Blair-Kolkata sectors.

Also read: Covid-19 crisis easing for Indian airlines as govt allows capacity hike to 80%

SpiceJet will also augment its operations by adding second frequencies on the Hyderabad-Goa-Hyderabad, Bengaluru-Shirdi-Bengaluru, Chennai-Guwahati-Chennai, Mumbai-Goa-Mumbai, Ahmedabad-Goa-Ahmedabad and Mumbai-Kandla-Mumbai sectors besides the Mumbai-Guwahati and Guwahati-Kolkata sectors.

The airline will deploy a mix of its Boeing 737 and Bombardier Q400 aircraft on these routes.

“We are delighted to further expand our domestic operations and add 30 new flights on our network. After the successful launch of our Darbhanga flights, which have received a tremendous response. We have decided to further enhance connectivity to the city with new flights to Pune, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad,” Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Commercial Officer, SpiceJet said.

Among the newly launched flights and frequencies, SpiceJet will operate daily flights on the Hyderabad-Vishakhapatnam-Hyderabad, Hyderabad-Goa-Hyderabad, Mumbai-Goa-Mumbai, Ahmedabad-Goa-Ahmedabad sectors and the Mumbai-Guwahati and Guwahati-Kolkata routes.

The airline will operate five flights a week on the Kolkata-Goa-Kolkata route, four flights a week between the Bengaluru-Shirdi-Bengaluru and Chennai-Guwahati-Chennai routes and three flights a week between the Mumbai-Kandla-Mumbai, Chennai-Shirdi-Chennai and Ahmedabad-Gwalior-Ahmedabad routes. Flights between Kolkata and Port Blair will be operational on Mondays and Wednesdays.

(Display image courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Thomas)