On July 19, the low-cost carrier SpiceJet announced the beginning of 22 July with 26 new domestic and additional flights, including Nashik-Hyderabad and Delhi-Khajuraho under the government’s UDAN program.
According to a statement from SpiceJet, the airline will increase the frequency between Ahmedabad-Jaipur, Delhi-Hyderabad, Delhi-Dharamshala, and Amritsar-Ahmedabad in addition to adding direct flights from Delhi, Hyderabad to Jammu, Mumbai to Guwahati, Jharsuguda, and Madurai, Varanasi to Ahmedabad, and Kolkata to Jabalpur.
”Our new UDAN flights are a testimony to our commitment to connect the unconnected parts of the country and cater to rising passenger demand across the country. The new and additional flights have been carefully added keeping passenger convenience in mind and providing them with multiple travel options,” SpiceJet Chief Commercial Officer Shilpa Bhatia said.
UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagarik, or let the general public fly), a regional connectivity initiative by the Center to construct airports in smaller cities while keeping flight costs reasonable, was introduced in 2016.
There will be daily service on flights from Hyderabad, Delhi, Jammu (one-stop), Mumbai, Varanasi, Ahmedabad, and Kolkata to Jabalpur.
Flights between Mumbai and Madurai will run every day except Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, whilst flights from Mumbai to Jharsuguda in Odisha would only run on certain days.
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday will all be designated as flight days between Delhi and Hyderabad. According to SpiceJet, an additional frequency between Ahmedabad and Jaipur would run every day.
On these routes, the airline’s Boeing 737 and Q400 aircraft will be used. The SpiceJet mobile app, www.spicejet.com, as well as online travel agencies and portals, are now accepting reservations for flights on these itineraries.
SpiceJet and competitor IndiGo have both reported many accidents related to technical difficulties in recent days. Following eight of these reported instances, SpiceJet was also sent a show-cause notice by the civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on July 6.
The oversight body for aviation claimed that the low-cost carrier had “failed” to set up dependable, efficient, and safe flight services.
The nose wheel of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft malfunctioned on July 11, causing SpiceJet’s flight from Dubai to Madurai to be delayed, according to officials with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The event on July 11 was the sixth mechanical problem involving a SpiceJet aircraft in 24 days.