SpiceJet’s CEO Neil Mills cut the diamond-themed cake for the two new routes to Surat from both Delhi and Mumbai, highlighting the city’s large diamond industry. The first passenger got the honour of lighting the lamp for the new route and was given an aircraft model as a memory of the event.
- SpiceJet has added Surat (STV) in the Western state of Gujarat to its network with the introduction of daily non-stop flights from 1 February to both Delhi (DEL) and Mumbai (BOM). The airline claims that it has thus become the first to start a destination ‘on demand’ as a result of the many requests it has received via its Facebook page. “We have been getting many messages from our fans on our Facebook page to start flight services from Surat. We respect the feeling and attachment of our fans and their trust in SpiceJet. In order to fulfil the demands, we conducted the viability of launching flight on Surat-Delhi and Surat-Mumbai route and decided to start the operations,” said SpiceJet CEO Neil Mills. The Delhi route is already served by Air India. The Mumbai route is scheduled for just 45 minutes and the two airports are less than 250 kilometres apart. Both routes have sufficient potential it seems for the airline to serve the market with its 737s rather than its Q400s. Surat’s new terminal was only opened at the end of February 2009.