Indian carrier Jet Airways will introduce a second daily flight to Singapore from India’s business capital, Mumbai, at the start of the next month to meet increasing passenger demand. The new daytime service will launch on November 1, 2013 and will be flown by a Boeing 737-800. It will complement the existing night operation which is currently served with a widebody Airbus A330.
Jet Airways currently offers flights to Singapore’s Changi Airport from three Indian cities and this latest expansion will bring its daily schedule to six flights. The airline first introduced flights to the Asian city in May 2005 when it launched its link from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, before adding flights from Chennai in December 2005 and Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi in September 2006.
“Jet Airways is happy to introduce a second frequency on the high density Mumbai-Singapore route following an increased demand due to tourist and business traffic. With the introduction of this additional flight, we aim to provide our guests seamless connectivity to points across Asia, Australia and New Zealand from Singapore,” said Sudheer Raghavan, chief commercial officer, Jet Airways. “The new flight would also help in connecting our guests flying into Mumbai from Jet Airways’ extended network to Singapore and beyond.”
In 2012 an estimated 539,000 bi-directional O&D passengers flew between Mumbai and Singapore, up 7.6 per cent on the previous year, a route that up until the mid-200s was only served by Singapore Airlines. Now, alongside Jet Airways and the Asian flag carrier, Air India also serves the route, while up until recently IndiGo and Kingfisher Airways also served the route. According to our analysis Jet Airways currently had a 17.6 per cent share of the traffic on the route in 2012, down from 21.0 per cent the previous year.