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SpiceJet to launch flights to Pantnagar

SpiceJet has announced that it will add Pantnagar in Uttarakhand to its network with flights beginning in just a week.

Pantnagar, Uttarakhand

Starting 8th April 2022, SpiceJet will operate a daily flight between Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and Pantnagar Airport with the following schedule:

  • Delhi-Pantnagar
  • Departure time: 12:15
  • Arrival time: 13:15
  • Flight time: 1 hour
  • Flight number: SG2956
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Pantnagar-Delhi
  • Departure time: 12:45
  • Arrival time: 13:45
  • Flight time: 1 hour
  • Flight number: SG2957
  • Frequency: Daily

These flights will be operated by the airline’s Bombardier Dash-8 Q400s featuring an all-Economy Class configuration.

Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Commercial Officer, SpiceJet, said:

We are extremely delighted to connect New Delhi with Pantnagar marking a new phase of enhanced connectivity between the national capital and Uttarakhand. In addition to increasing connectivity to the state’s many tourist destinations, our direct flight will have a positive impact on boosting the local economy.

SpiceJet states that the new flight will be beneficial to both tourists and residents in the state of Uttarakhand, as Pantnagar airport is well connected to important tourist destinations in Uttarakhand such as Nainital, Ranikhet, Jim Corbett National Park, Bhimtal and Almora.

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Competition and the growth of Pantnagar airport

The announcement by SpiceJet to launch flights to Pantnagar comes just a few days after rival carrier Indigo launched flights from Delhi and Dehradun to Pantnagar. SpiceJet will compete with Indigo on the Delhi-Pantnagar-Delhi route.

Once SpiceJet lands in Pantnagar, the city will have 2 daily flights to Delhi and 2 daily flights to Dehradun. It’s good to see a small regional airport like Pantnagar expand like this, a airport which only had 1 daily flight to Dehradun until 26th March 2022.

While the summer season is considered to be a peak season for tourists visiting the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand, it remains to be seen how will these flights perform.

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