Daijiworld Media Network - Dubai
Dubai, Jun 27: SpiceJet Airline which started Dubai - Mumbai flight operations recently is now connecting Mangalore via Mumbai airport. The current schedule may not be convienent for coastal based passengers, but for those who can afford to stay a night in Mumbai this may be the best option.
The flight takes off from Dubai at 2.45 pm and arrives in Mumbai at 7.15 pm. The connecting flight to Mangalore takes off at 10.25 am the next day, and will arrive in Mangalore at 11.55 am.
The return flight from Mangalore takes off at 12.55 pm, and arrives in Mumbai at 1.55 pm. It connect to Dubai from Mumbai airport at 8.30 pm, and lands in Dubai at 9.55 pm.
This was revealed by SpiceJet at a press conference held at Great Room of Hotel Le Meridien, Dubai on Tuesday June 26.
The CEO of SpiceJet British/South African Neil Raymond Mills who addressed the press meet also announced the launch of their Dubai operations with daily flights from Dubai to Mumbai and Delhi. SpiceJet’s new generation Boeing 737-800s took off on its debut flight from terminal 1 to Delhi and Mumbai. With this, SpiceJet has assured to offer and open up new routes for a wider choice of flights to customers.
When daijiworld asked about the possibilites of direct flights to Mangalore, the CEO said “Spicejet is working on new destinations in India as well as in the GCC as the carrier has its eyes on expanding its coverage in phases. South Indian points are in our radar, and Mangalore is a destination very much on cards.”
“In India SpiceJet connects to all major cities including Mangalore. Hence, even now Dubai-Mumbai-Mangalore should be a good option for Mangalore-bound passengers, until Dubai-Mangalore direct flight is launched, said the CEO.
"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," said Spicejet Chief Executive Officer Neil Mills.
SpiceJet currently operates in two international routes, Delhi-Kathmandu and Chennai-Colombo, and now Dubai has become their third global destination. In the Indian domestic market SpiceJet connects 34 points with a fleet of 42 aircraft, flying over 40,000 passengers per day. Mills added that as a low fare airline, SpiceJet’s philosophy behind pricing policy is to ensure affordable flight fares to its customers.
Stan Ageira attended the press conference on behlaf of daijiworld. Karnataka NRI forum co-ordinator Rajesh Sequiera was also present
SpiceJet is India’s most preferred airline with 18.5% market share in domestic market, delivering lowest air fares with highest consumer value. The airline has its corporate office in Delhi and operates more than 275 daily flights to 34 Indian cities and 3 international destinations. Spicejet has acquired 7 new Bombardier Q400 for enhancing connectivity to Tier II and Tier III cities. Spicejet has won several awards including India’s most outstanding Airline LCC-Domestic Award, CIO 100 Award in IT efforts for customer satisfaction-Business growth category, World Travel Market Award for multichannel approach in distribution and National Award for excellence in cost management.