We now have pictures from last week’s SpiceJet launch of services from Mumbai to Dubai. This is the low-cost airline’s third international destination and the carrier eyes further expansion in the region. Tariq Butt, Mumbai Airport’s VP Airport Marketing & Aero Business, welcomed the airline’s delegation with ribbon-cutting, lamp-lighting – and a cake.
- On 25 June, SpiceJet added a third international destination to its network, when the Indian low-cost airline launched daily flights from both Delhi (DEL) and Mumbai (BOM) to Dubai (DXB). Previously, the airline had launched international routes to neighbouring country capitals; Colombo in Sri Lanka and Kathmandu in Nepal. Both of the two new routes to Dubai are operated with 189-seat 787-800s and face considerable competition from Emirates (28 and 35 weekly flights to Delhi and Mumbai respectively), Air India (7 and 14), Jet Airways (7 and 28), and IndiGo (7 and 7). This makes SpiceJet the second low-cost airline to enter the two routes after IndiGo. SpiceJet’s CEO Neil Mills said: “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.” He also indicated that the airline has ambitious plans for further international expansion.