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SpiceJet to start flights between Ahmedabad and Dubai

SpiceJet has announced nonstop flights between Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India and Dubai, UAE starting tomorrow (11th September 2021), thus entering a highly competitive market. The decision comes after the UAE has eased entry requirements for international travellers.

Nonstop between Ahmedabad and Dubai

Starting 11th September 2021, SpiceJet will operate 3-weekly flights (increasing to daily in November) between Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport and Dubai International Airport.

The flights between 11th September and 30th September 2021 will run with the following schedule:

  • Ahmedabad-Dubai
  • Departure time: 23:20
  • Arrival time: 01:00 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: SG716
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Dubai-Ahmedabad
  • Departure time: 02:00
  • Arrival time: 06:25
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 55 minutes
  • Flight number: SG717
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

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The flights from 2nd October 2021 onwards will run with the following schedule:

  • Ahmedabad-Dubai
  • Departure time: 16:35
  • Arrival time: 18:25
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 20 minutes
  • Flight number: SG15
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (increasing to daily from 1st November 2021)
  • Dubai-Ahmedabad
  • Departure time: 19:25
  • Arrival time: 23:30
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 35 minutes
  • Flight number: SG16
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (increasing to daily from 1st November 2021)

These flights will be operated by the airline’s Boeing B737s.

Competition

The Delhi-based airline is entering a highly competitive market. Presently, 4 airlines namely Emirates, flydubai, Air India and Indigo operates flights between Ahmedabad and Dubai.

Emirates operates 4-weekly Boeing B777 service (increasing to daily from 1st October 2021) while flydubai operates 9-weekly Boeing B737 flights. Indigo, India’s largest airline, operates 2-weekly Airbus A320 services (increasing to daily from 1st November 2021) while Indian national carrier Air India operates once-weekly Boeing B787 Dreamliner service.

Clearly, this is a very competitive market and in my opinion, SpiceJet will have a tough time gaining market share on this route. However, as the Indian low-cost carrier’s fares on this route are lower than most of its competitors, it should not be that tough to fill the seats.

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 yesterday announced five new flights from Guwahati. A few days ago, the airline announced 10 new flights including flights between Bhavnagar and Surat. SpiceJet passengers can now book airport transfers inflight on Spicescreen. The airline has also started trials of the IATA Travel Pass on the Mumbai-Male-Mumbai route and has launched flights between Ahmedabad and Amritsar.

Featured image by SpiceJet

What do you think of SpiceJet’s flights between Ahmedabad and Dubai, United Arab Emirates? Let me know in the comments section below.

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