India’s SpiceJet to open its first international hub in UAE

RAS AL-KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet said it plans to open an international hub in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), its first hub overseas.

Company officials and the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah made the announcement yesterday in the northernmost sheikhdom of the oil-rich UAE, signing an agreement for the expansion.

They said they’ll begin flights between New Delhi and Ras al-Khaimah by December. SpiceJet then plans to base as many as five airplanes in the UAE to then carry passengers onto Europe.

SpiceJet is India’s second-largest airline in terms of domestic passenger volume. It’s based near New Delhi and operates a fleet of 111 Boeing and Bombardier aircraft, flying to over 50 destinations in India and a handful of international routes, including Dubai.