New Delhi, Oct 16: SpiceJet on Thursday announced the launch of red-eye flight services on its network, which the budget carrier would operate on the Delhi-Bangalore and Delhi-Nanded routes from November 2, making it only the third domestic carrier to offer such flights.
The Gurgaon-based budget carrier also said it plans to add as many as six more similar services on the domestic network as part of its winter schedule.
Only Jet Airways and IndiGo so far offered red-eye flight services in the country.
The airline has offered a starting fare of Rs 3,899 for the Delhi-Bangalore flight.
A red-eye flight departs late at night and arrives early morning. Because of their low fares, these flights are quite popular abroad, especially in the US and Europe.
On the Delhi-Bangalore sector, flight SG-149 will take off at 1.00 AM from Delhi and land at 3.40 AM and would operate four times per week, it said, adding that SpiceJet currently operates three flights on this route.
Similarly, flight SG-671 on the Delhi-Nanded sector will take off at 11.30 PM from Delhi and land in Nanded at 1.25 AM.
This service would be operated twice a week, it added.
Red-eye is a popular concept in the west as they generally tend to be more economical than day-time flights. Moreover, night flights are a smart option for business and other frequent travellers as they can conveniently attend their business meetings and take a late-night flight back, thus avoiding road traffic during peak hours," SpiceJet said.
"We are in a process of adding close to half-a-dozen red-eye flights in the coming winter schedule as they serve our objective of boosting connectivity 24x7," SpiceJet general manager for corporate affairs, Ajay Jasra, said in the release.