Media Centre

SpiceJet Plans to Ramp-up International Operations from CIAL
Plans to expand capacity to Dubai and offer more connections from Male and Dubai to various points in India.
Also exploring possibility of flights from Kochi to Muscat

Kochi, 22nd April 2015: SpiceJet, the country’s second largest low fare airline, plans to ramp up its international operations from Cochin International Airport as it adds more aircraft. The airline plans to enhance its network from Kochi to the Gulf region with more flights, as well as increase connectivity to Male through Kochi from other points in India.

Representatives of SpiceJet and officials of Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) held a discussion meeting in Kochi on this issue today. At present the airline operates to two international destinations, Dubai and Male (Maldives) from Kochi. The airline has seen good traffic on these routes and now plans further expansion from the city on these routes and potential new ones. Kochi is also a transit airport for SpiceJet connecting various cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune and Kolkata among others to Male and Dubai.

As per the discussions held, SpiceJet is exploring further increasing its presence in the Gulf region with additional frequencies to Dubai, as well as potential new flights connecting Kochi with some popular destinations like Muscat.

“SpiceJet has seen excellent demand from Kochi for its flights on both domestic as well as the international routes, and it makes sense for us to start more operations from this beautiful port city of Kerala. The Maldives is an easily accessible and increasingly popular destination that we want to provide more connection options to thru Kochi from various points in India, and the Gulf region has a lot of migrants from the State and offering affordable and convenient travel option to them is our commitment,” said Mr Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Operating Officer, SpiceJet Ltd.

“It is heartening to know that SpiceJet plans to increase its operations from Kochi. CIAL would like to extend all its support to the airline and ensure hassle free and best in class infrastructure which will be helpful for the airline to start new flights from the State,” said Mr VJ Kurian, Managing Director, Cochin International Airport Ltd.

Details of SpiceJet’s onward connections from Kochi:
14:10 23:25 14:10 23:25 14:10 18:20 14:10 1:55 14:10 19:05 14:10 15:30 14:10 22:30
Flight No. Sector Departure Arrival Onward Departure Arrival
SG 91/3263 Chennai – Kochi - Male 10:35 11:55 12:50
SG 92/3268 Male – Kochi – Chennai 14:45 17:10 22:10
SG 421/91 Hyderabad – Kochi – Male 7:15 8:45 12:50
SG 92/1068 Male – Kochi – Hyderabad 14:45 17:10 21:40
SG 181/91 Delhi – Kochi – Male 8:35 13:10 12:50
SG 92/184 Male – Kochi – Delhi 14:45 17:10 13:40
SG 18/91 Dubai – Kochi – Male 3:00 8:15 12:50
SG92/17 Male – Kochi – Dubai 14:45 17:10 23:20
SG 421/91 Mumbai – Kochi – Male 5:20 8:45 12:50
SG 92/446 Male – Kochi – Mumbai 14:45 17:10 17:00
SG 181/91 Pune – Kochi – Male 11:50 13:10 12:50
SG 92/184 MLECOKPNQ 14:45 17:10 13:40
SG 622/607/91 Kolkata – Chennai – Kochi – Male 16:20 22:25 12:50
SG 92/446/487 Male – Kochi – Mumbai – Kolkata 14:45 17:10 17:00

About SpiceJet:

SpiceJet is India’s #2 low fare airline that has made flying more affordable for more Indians than ever before. SpiceJet operates more than 238 daily flights to 41 destinations, including 34 Indian and 7 international cities.

SpiceJet connects its network using next generation fleet of 20 Boeing aircraft along with 15 Bombardier Q-400 aircraft. The majority of SpiceJet’s fleet offer SpiceMAX, the most spacious economy class seating in India and perhaps the world, as an additional fee option.

About CIAL:

Cochin International Airport is the first green field airport in India built with public-private partnership. Planned and constructed from scratch, the airport has been acclaimed for setting a novel idea in infrastructure development. The astonishing public participation, relentless support from NRIs and an effective leadership have made CIAL, the company that built and operates the airport, an international brand. It is the only airport in Kerala, which handled five million passengers in a year.

Ever since commercial operations started on 10th June 1999 with International flight to Dammam, CIAL has grown rapidly becoming the 4th largest International Airport in India in terms of international passenger traffic in just four years.