India’s SpiceJet Starts Dubai Route

The Indian budget carrier will have direct daily services connecting Delhi and Mumbai to Dubai.

Indian budget airline SpiceJet has announced that it will start operating direct daily flights to Dubai from Delhi and Mumbai from June 25.

SpiceJet has received all the required regulatory approvals from concerned authorities in India and Dubai to launch its services, it said.

Dubai will be SpiceJet’s third international destination after Kathmandu and Colombo.

The carrier is offering introductory one-way airfares of Rs4,477 (Dhs296) – including taxes – and bookings are already open.

“The government has taken substantial and positive steps to open the market and allowing private carriers to connect with new international destinations,” SpiceJet’s CEO Neil Mills said in a statement.

“To leverage the opportunity and offer quality services at affordable price to our guests, we are pleased to announce the launch of flights to Dubai with more exciting destinations coming soon,” he added.

The seven-year-old airline will be flying its new generation Boeing 737-800s on the Dubai route.

Earlier this year, India’s Kingfisher Airlines was forced to cancel all its international destinations, including its daily Dubai route, after the carrier went under severe debt.