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SpiceJet targets top 3 tourist spots, to offer special packages

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Airlines Air India (AI) and low-cost SpiceJet are introducing more flights and offering special packages for tourist destinations during the summer holidays.

SpiceJet will operate special flights from Delhi to country’s top three tourist hotspots – Srinagar, Goa and Bagdogra – to meet the increased traffic demand during the peak holiday season.

As a part of this policy, the Gurgaonbased carrier has now increased the frequency on the Delhi- Srinagar route to five flights a day from four from June 3. Services on the Delhi- Goa and Delhi- Bagdogra route, which apart from being a gateway to the North- East is a tourist destination as well, have also been increased to three flights per day from June 3, it said.

Stating that the airline is increasing flights on these routes especially to accommodate more demands for summer vacations, SpiceJet chief commercial officer Kaneswaran Avili said that these additional flights will be operated only till June 30, when the summer vacations period ends.

The airline is also offering an introductory all- inclusive fare of Rs 4,999 on the Delhi- Goa and Delhi- Bagdogra routes and Rs 5,999 on Delhi- Srinagar route, the airline said.

A senior AI official told Mail Today that the Maharaja is also introducing additional flights to cater for the summer holiday rush especially since government officials normally avail of their LTC at this time of the year. The national carrier has also tied up for holiday packages which include stay at hotels and the deals can be made through its website, he added.

The holiday packages include deals such as a Rs 27,224 trip from Delhi to Srinagar that throws in a four- night twin sharing stay and a Delhi- Kathmandu trip for Rs 16,667, which includes a three- night in the Nepalese capital.

The Maharaja is also planning to start new flights to Milan, Rome and Moscow with return fares starting from Rs 33,907. The AI official said that the airline’s team is already in Moscow to take mandatory approval for the first flight between Delhi and Moscow. The approvals are expected shortly after which services will begin, he added.

According to the airline official, though the service will first start with Boeing 747s due to climatic conditions, it will soon be shifted to 787s as more of these aircraft are expected to join the fleet in the coming months.

Spicejet piled up a huge loss of Rs 321.5 crore in the March quarter. This is nearly twice the loss of the previous year.

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