Spicejet today announced the launch of its 50th destination – Bhopal. This comes within days of IndiGo announcing Bhopal as its 65th destination. IndiGo will start Bhopal with a single flight to Hyderabad, and the city will be one of the handful of stations which see a single flight a day. Spicejet on the other hand, returns to Bhopal with five flights.
Spicejet will connect Bhopal with Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and temple town of Shirdi. This comes at a time when the airline has made Shirdi its focus city.
Bhopal is known as city of lakes and is the administrative capital of central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The economy is driven by government enterprise and tourism to nearby places with the economic capital of the state being Indore. Bhopal Airport – named as Raja Bhoj Airport saw construction of a new terminal and expanded Apron in the last decade.
While IndiGo never operated scheduled services to Bhopal, Spicejet used to operate to Bhopal from Delhi and Hyderabad and has pulled out of the station in 2014, when the airline was going through a challenging phase.
IndiGo flights commence from 5th of January 2019 and would be operated by the ATR72-600, while those of Spicejet commence from 6th January 2019 and would be operated by Q400.