SpiceJet (SG, Delhi Int'l) has announced a significant expansion of its network from Mumbai Int'l on both domestic and international routes, presumably in the wake of Jet Airways (9W, Mumbai Int'l) crisis and its termination of multiple services.

SpiceJet said it will launch domestic services from Mumbai to Kolkata Int'l, Chennai, and Varanasi effective April 18, 2019. On May 17, the LCC will launch a new route to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. At the end of May, it plans to add new daily services from Mumbai to Colombo Int'l, Dhaka, Riyadh, Hong Kong Int'l, Jeddah and Kathmandu.

The airline also plans to increase the frequency of flights from Mumbai to Dubai Int'l from the current daily to triple daily.

All flights will be onboard B737 Family aircraft. SpiceJet currently operates three B737-700s, twenty-eight B737-800s, and four B737-900(ER)s. It recently announced the intention to add a further sixteen -800s to mitigate the effects of the grounding of thirteen B737-8s. In addition, it is also planning to add five more Dash 8-400s on dry-lease from Chorus Aviation with three aircraft joining this month and another two in June.

According to the ch-aviation capacity module, SpiceJet currently offers 223 weekly departures from Mumbai and has an 8.1% market share by scheduled capacity, although the data includes flights operated by Jet Airways which are currently nearly completely suspended.

Effective April 16, AirAsia India (I5, Chennai) also expanded its network from Mumbai, adding 10 daily flights in total to Kochi Int'l, Kolkata, Hyderabad Int'l, Indore, Delhi Int'l, and Bangalore Int'l.

Editorial Comment: Added Q400 lessor. - 17.04.2019 - 12:39 UTC