Wednesday, August 24, 2016

SpiceJet To Add Four Q400 To Its Fleet Focusing North-East

India’s fourth largest airline, SpiceJet, has decided to add four Bombardier turboprop aircraft, Q400, to its fleet with a focus to get more North-eastern states on its network and also to meet the growing passenger demands during the upcoming festive season.

A Q400 aircraft can accommodate 78 passengers and currently, the low cost carrier operates with 28 Boeing 737 and 14 Bombardier Q400 aircrafts with 298 daily flights.

Shilpa Bhatia, senior vice-president, commercial of SpiceJet, said, “Enhancing the country’s regional connectivity has always been a prime focus for SpiceJet. And with the new aviation policy in place, there is an added encouragement to enter the underserved markets.”

The airline intends to penetrate the underserved markets within its domestic network and thereby aims to enhance regional connectivity.

“North-East, despite being a crucial tourist locale, has been deprived of good air connectivity. Hence, our new schedule lays special attention on this region, connecting the major hub-points of the seven sister states. And we look forward to further strengthen our presence in this market in the near future,” she added.

From October 4, the budget airline will operate new flights on sectors like Kolkata-Silchar-Guwahati, Kolkata-Aizawl-Guwahati and Kolkata-Gorakhpur-Delhi.

Kolkata-Visakhapatnam-Kolkata flight will be effective from November 1.
24/08/16  Haider Ali Khan/Business World
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