Singapore Airlines drops Hyderabad Silkair takes over, SpiceJet adds six new flights

Singapore Airlines will discontinue its thrice a week service to Hyderabad/Shamshabad and hand it over to its regional subsidiary SilkAir will will increase frequency to five a week service from June 15, using an Airbus A320 aircraft.

The current schedule is :
MI478 Departing Singapore 21.00 arriving Hyderabad 23.05 except Tue, Thu
MI477 Departing Hyderabad 00.05 arriving Singapore 07.25 except Wed, Fri

Clearly the focus is on increasing frequency as Singapore Airlines simply did not have enough passengers to fill its Boeing 777s which SilkAir with its smaller A320s can. Service is planned to be increased to a daily frequency from October 26 2009.

Hyderabad will the the fourth destination in India for SilkAir who is currently operating to Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Coimbatore.

SpiceJet has done some fleet utilisation and efficiency improvements and has introduced six new flights on the Delhi Ahmedabad Mumbai Kochi and Kolkata sectors.

SpiceJet now has six daily flights between Delhi and Mumbai; three daily between Delhi and Kolkata; three daily between Delhi and Ahmedabad; and two daily connections between Delhi and Kochi.

The new flights are:

Ahmedabad Delhi 10.05 – 11.30
Delhi Ahmedabad 21.40 – 23.05

Delhi Mumbai 12.10 – 14.05
Mumbai Delhi 19.55 – 22.05

Mumbai Kochi 14.55 – 16.50
Kochi Mumbai 17.30 – 19.25

Delhi Kochi flight will be a connection via Mumbai.

Kolkata Delhi 12.05 – 14.25
Delhi Kolkata 14.15 – 16.25

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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