Asia Bizz: Indian carrier Spice Jet announced the expansion of its international service to the Gulf countries on June 8, 2012. The carrier will be operating daily flights connecting Delhi and Mumbai with Dubai from June 25, 2012 onwards.

The company said that Dubai will become the third international destination for the airline after Delhi-Kathmandu and Chennai-Colombo. Spice Jet connects 34 destinations in terms of the domestic market .

The carrier is offering an introductory price of Rs. 4,447 (plus government taxes) one-way from domestic destinations and the bookings are open from June 8, 2012. The introductory rates are lower than flying between Delhi and Mumbai.

Neil Mills, the Chief executive of the airline said, “The government has taken substantial and positive steps to open the market and allowing private carriers to connect with new international destinations. To leverage the opportunity and offer quality services at affordable price to our guests, we are pleased to announce the launch of flights to Dubai with more exciting destinations coming soon”. For the new routes, the airline will be flying its new generation Boeing 737-800s. The airline started global operations two years back with the launch of the flight from New Delhi to Kathmandu on October 7, 2010 and a week later from Chennai to Colombo.