SpiceJet plans long-haul flights in two years

DAVOS: Buoyed by robust growth in the Indian aviation market, SpiceJet chief Ajay Singh has said that he aims to make the airline an international level carrier with long-haul flights in the next one or two years.

Here to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual summit, Singh also welcomed the government’s decision to privatise Air India but was non-committal on whether SpiceJet would be interested in participating in the national carrier’s disinvestment process, reports PTI.

The no-frills airline, which has turned around its fortunes under the stewardship of Singh, already flies to a few international destinations, including Dubai and Singapore.

On whether India can have a large airline of international scale and whether SpiceJet can be the one, Singh said, “There is no question about that and I think we owe it to our country that we carry our own people and we become a large international carrier.”

“Every airline in India should look at those opportunities to fly long haul,” Singh, who is the chairman and managing director of SpiceJet, told PTI in an interview.

On how long it is likely to take to start long-haul flights, the SpiceJet chief said it will not take much time and “in a year or two most airlines will be looking at flying long haul”.


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