MANAMA: Gulf Air and SpiceJet have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore greater co-operation including an interline and codeshare agreement, co-ordinated cargo services, engineering services and pilot training.
The MoU was signed in New Delhi by Kresimir Kucko, chief executive of Bahrain’s national carrier, and Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director of SpiceJet.
The scope of the agreement includes the two airlines exploring growth opportunities beyond network expansion by leveraging each other’s strengths.
Gulf Air and SpiceJet will also look at collaborating in pilot training to nurture talent for both the airlines.
The airlines will also engage to enhance their cargo and engineering services.
“This is a historic event for both Gulf Air and SpiceJet as we strengthen commercial ties between the two carriers; creating more choices for our valued passengers to explore new cities across our networks. We have a longstanding relationship with India and we look forward to working closely with our friends at SpiceJet,” said Mr Kucko.
Gulf Air currently operates 82 weekly flights to eight destinations in India: Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Hyderabad, Calicut and Bangalore, whereas SpiceJet currently operates flights to more than 50 destinations within India.
Mr Singh said, “This partnership will immensely benefit the two airlines and our passengers in times to come. These are exciting times for SpiceJet as we pursue our international expansion plan. We are developing an extensive portfolio of destinations both at home and in international markets. The Middle East has always been among our top priority markets. This agreement is going to play a very important role for SpiceJet’s next phase of growth as we continue to explore opportunities.”
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