Low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced that it would launch daily direct flights from Delhi to Shirdi from October 1, becoming the first airline to connect the national capital with the temple town in Maharashtra.
The airline also announced the launch of three other new direct flights to Maharashtra.
Home to the famous temple dedicated to Shri Sai Baba, Shirdi receives an estimated 60,000 pilgrims every day.
"With the new flights launched, tourists who otherwise take a rail or road tour can conveniently switch to a more convenient and time sensitive travel mode," a press release from the airline said here on Monday.
The airline will introduce a new daily direct flight on Mumbai-Kanpur route from October 8 -- the first air link between the two cities.
The airline will also operate first direct flight on the Mumbai-Jaisalmer route from October 29 and the third direct flight on the Mumbai-Kolkata route from November 1.
Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales and Revenue Officer, SpiceJet said, “This is indeed a proud moment for us and a celebrated milestone for Indian aviation as SpiceJet becomes the first and only airline to connect Shirdi with Delhi. Our new flight will offer an immediate boost to religious tourism that the city is best known for.”
SpiceJet will be deploying the Boeing 737 on the Mumbai-Kanpur-Mumbai, Shirdi-Delhi-Shirdi, Mumbai-Jaisalmer-Mumbai and Mumbai-Kolkata-Mumbai routes, the release added.
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