Wednesday, August 22, 2018

India's SpiceJet again defers longhaul plans

SpiceJet has once more deferred long-awaited longhaul expansion plans on the back of a weakening Indian rupee and rising oil prices.

“We expect to fly to many more countries in the future. (But) we will do long-haul international destinations only when it is commercially feasible,” airline chairman Ajay Singh told Livemint in an interview this week.

According to Singh, while longhaul flights will "eventually happen", their actual launch will depend on “a somewhat improved environment in terms of ATF (aviation turbine fuel) and taxation”.

Last year, Singh intimated that SpiceJet would look to Eastern European and Turkish destinations, rather than Western Europe as potential options for its longhaul debut.
22/08/18 ch-aviation