SpiceJet targets international, regional services growth

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Indian low-cost carrier Spicejet is eyeing more growth on its international and regional services in the coming years, even as it tries to cope with high fuel costs.

International services account for 7% of revenues, but the airline plans to increase that to 15-20% in the next 12-18 months by pushing its Boeing 737-800s to the limit of their range, says chief executive Neil Mills on the sidelines of Routes Asia 2013.

"We hope to add around eight international destinations this year," says Mills. "We are looking at points that are within a 5h radius of India, and so that includes a wide range of regions like Southeast Asia, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Gulf states and so on."