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SpiceJet to operate flights from Bhavnagar to Mumbai and Delhi

Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet is eyeing expansion in the Indian state of Gujarat. The airline’s latest destination in the state is Bhavnagar. SpiceJet will operate daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Bhavnagar.

Flights to Bhavnagar

Starting 20th August 2021, SpiceJet will operate flights between Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport and Bhavnagar Airport. The flight will run with the following schedule:

  • Mumbai-Bhavnagar
  • Departure time: 14:20
  • Arrival time: 15:25
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: SG3004
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Bhavnagar-Mumbai
  • Departure time: 09:05
  • Arrival time: 10:10
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: SG3001
  • Frequency: Daily

On the same day, the airline will start flying daily between Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and Bhavnagar Airport. The schedule for the flights is:

  • Delhi-Bhavnagar
  • Departure time: 06:35
  • Arrival time: 08:45
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: SG3001
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Bhavnagar-Delhi
  • Departure time: 15:45
  • Arrival time: 17:50
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: SG3004
  • Frequency: Daily

These flights will be operated by SpiceJet’s Bombardier Dash 8 – Q400.

Flight SG3001 will run on Delhi-Bhavnagar-Mumbai route while Flight SG3004 will run on Mumbai-Bhavnagar-Delhi route.

Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Commercial Officer, SpiceJet, said:

Strengthening regional connectivity between metros and underserved cities is at the heart of SpiceJet’s mission and vision and we are delighted to add the beautiful city of Bhavnagar to our fast expanding domestic network.

Bhavnagar Airport

Bhavnagar Airport is an airport located approximately 4 kilometres southeast of Bhavnagar, Gujarat. The airport has one runway, oriented 07/25. It has a single terminal building, which covers 1,617 square metres (17,410 sq ft) and has a capacity for 110 passengers. The airport can handle aircrafts such as Boeing B737 and Airbus A320.

The airport currently handles only one daily ATR72 flight which is operated by Alliance, Air India’s regional subsidiary, to Mumbai. While SpiceJet will compete with Alliance Air on Mumbai route, it will have a monopoly on Delhi route.

Bhavnagar is Gujarat’s fifth largest city by population. The city is located near the Gulf of Khambhat in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

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SpiceJet’s Gujarat expansion

With the addition of Bhavnagar, SpiceJet will now serve six cities in Gujarat. These include Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Kandla and Porbandar.

Lately, the airline has been expanding aggressively in the state. Under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) of India, the airline has launched flights to Porbandar and Kandla. From Porbandar, the carrier operates daily flights to Mumbai (the flight for now remains suspended, but is scheduled to resume on 1st September 2021) while from Kandla, SpiceJet operates daily flights to Mumbai and Delhi.

At Rajkot, the airline started flights after the collapse of Jet Airways. It flies to Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru (remains suspended for now, but scheduled to resume from 1st September), Goa and Hyderabad.

Ahmedabad is a focus city for SpiceJet while it operates multiple flights from Surat.

Meanwhile, SpiceJet recently announced 42 new domestic and international flights including flights to Maldives as the country is now welcoming travellers from India. The airline has also announced flights from Hyderabad to Kochi; from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam and Guwahati and between Belagavi and Delhi. SpiceJet has launched nonstop flights between Rajkot and Goa, becoming the first airline to operate the route. The carrier has also launched flights between Mumbai and Amritsar.

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