Budget airline SpiceJet today launched a direct flight service to Dubai from the Pink City amid domestic carriers adding frequency or rolling out new services to the world’s busiest airports in terms of international passengers.
The Gurgaon-based carrier also plans to connect Jaipur with Hong Kong and Singapore, Airline’s Chief Administrative Officer G P Gupta said after the launch.
With the launch of its flight services from Jaipur, which will be operated five times a week, SpiceJet has now become the first domestic carrier providing air connectivity to Dubai from 10 Indian cities.
SpiceJet had last month announced its plans to connect Dubai with Jaipur and Hyderabad from this month.
Another budget carrier IndiGo has only last week commenced its third daily direct service to Dubai from Delhi. Besides, Air India Express, the international budget arm of national carrier Air India, has also announced its plans to introduce its flights services to Dubai from the national capital from May.
Naresh Goyal-promoted full service private carrier Jet Airways intends to add its third flight to Dubai from New Delhi from next month.
The international traffic at the Dubai Airport reportedly increased by 10.7 per cent to more than 78 million in 2015 over the year-ago period, making it the busiest airport for the international passengers in the world.
The growth was driven by 100 airlines that connect the airport to 240 destinations around the world.
SpiceJet’s maiden flight from Jaipur, carrying 185 passengers onboard a Boeing 737 aircraft took off for Dubai at around 11.15 am, in the presence of Rajasthan Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria.
Later, Kataria urged the airline to increase both its services and flights to key cities in the state, including Udaipur.