By Andy Sambidge
Low cost carrier reportedly set to launch flights to Saudi Arabia in October
An Indian low cost carrier is set to launch flights to Saudi Arabia as part of its international expansion plans, it was reported on Tuesday.
SpiceJet is expected to start flights to Riyadh in October alongside launches of routes in China and Bangladesh.
The airline is said to be planning to start flights to Guangzhou from Delhi with its Boeing 737 planes, followed with flights from Delhi to Riyadh and Dhaka.
The Riyadh flights would add to the airline's Gulf offering after the budget carrier launched flights to Dubai in June.
SpiceJet connects Dubai with daily services to India`s two biggest metros Delhi and Mumbai and inaugural flights began on June 25.
It is the latest move by Indian airlines to expand its Gulf operations.
Last week, India's Jet Airways announced the launch of a new daily Mumbai-Sharjah service and resumption of its flights from Kochi to Kuwait and Bahrain.
The Mumbai-Sharjah flight, beginning from October 18, will be the airline's sixth daily flight to the UAE from Mumbai, in addition to the existing four dailies to Dubai and one daily flight to Abu Dhabi.
Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo has also announced the introduction of new flights connecting Dubai to destinations in southern India.
Aditya Ghosh, president, IndiGo, said the airline would launch its new daily and non-stop flights between Kochi and Dubai and Chennai and Dubai.