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SpiceJet and IndiGo expand to Jeddah with daily flights from Mumbai

The demise of Jet Airways opened slots for new airlines to take over its routes. It previously operated the hugely popular Mumbai-Jeddah route, directly competing with Saudia and Air India, who had a duopoly for decades.

In March 2019, India and Saudi Arabia agreed to increase the number of flights by 40%, paving new opportunities for airlines operating from both countries.

IndiGo first announced daily departures from Mumbai (BOM) to Jeddah (JED) as its 17th international destination, starting June 05, 2019.
Additionally, IndiGO introduced new flights to Dammam (DMM) and Abu Dhabi (AUH) from Mumbai in the same announcement.

Flight #RouteDepartureArrivalFrequency
6E 1831Mumbai to Jeddah12:35 pm3:20 pmDaily
6E 1832Jeddah to Mumbai4:20 pm12:20 AMDaily

 

SpiceJet followed by announcing daily departures from Mumbai (BOM) to Jeddah (JED) starting July 05, 2019. Its inaugural flight will coincide with the start of the Hajj season, where the main events will take place near the holy city of Makkah between August 9 and August 14, 2019.

Flight #RouteDepartureArrivalFrequency
SG 68Mumbai to Jeddah7:30 pm10:15 pmDaily
SG 69Jeddah to Mumbai11:30 pm6:20 amDaily

 

Mumbai has historically been the gateway for the pilgrimage to Makkah for Muslims in India. During the British Raj, pilgrims would undertake a dangerous journey by sea to Jeddah. Today, modern airliners serve to fulfill that spiritual purpose.

More than 128,000 pilgrims made their way for Hajj from India in 2018. Their number is only expected to rise in the upcoming years.

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Jeddah: The Gateway to Makkah

The Islamic seaport city of Jeddah is a trading and commercial centre of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For more than 1400 years, the port has channelled goods into the Arabian peninsula and has been a gateway to the holy city of Makkah. Over 2 million people pass through Jeddah every year and proceed to Makkah to perform the Hajj and Umrah.

Jeddah was a premier industrial estate in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s to the early 2000s. However, it has been overtaken in that sector in recent years by Jubail, Yanbu and Riyadh. Today, Jeddah is known for its banking sector, its glam malls, upscale department stores and a beautiful waterfront on the Red Sea.

Jeddah Airport

Jeddah is served by King Abdul Aziz International Airport [JED]. It is the busiest airport in Saudi Arabia, serving over 34 million passengers annually. More than 70 airlines fly from Jeddah to 130 destinations worldwide. All of the capitals of the Middle East and North Africa are within two hours flying distance of Jeddah.

After decades of being in a miserable state of underdevelopment, an expansion and renovation project is underway to bring it to up to International standards.

Jeddah's airport features a specially designed and purpose-built Hajj Terminal, which has welcomed millions of pilgrims to the holy city of Makkah since 1981. It operates only for three months during the Hajj and remains closed for the rest of the year.

The Hajj terminal features Teflon-coated fibreglass tents suspended from pylons. It is not enclosed by walls and has natural ventilation, making it an environmentally friendly building. The atmosphere during the Hajj is like a village filled with pilgrims waiting for their bus or flight, shopping in the souk and praying at the mosque within.

Hotels in Jeddah

Jeddah has a place to stay for everyone on any kind of budget. You can find high-end international chains throughout the city as well as furnished apartments. Many renters will sub-let a spare room for visitors. Men travelling without female companions can eat and stay for very cheap in rooms shared by expatriate bachelors working in Jeddah - provided you personally know at least one of them.

Your choice of hotel will depend on where you want to stay in Jeddah and the purpose of your visit. The best hotels are found along the Corniche (avenues along the Red Sea Coast), where you will also find many leisure activities to do.

Al Balad and its neighbouring districts of Al-Hindaweyyah, Al-Sabeel, Al-Suhaifah, Al Ammariyah and Al Baghdadiyah are most ideal for shoppers and those wanting to soak up the history of Jeddah. You must, however, be prepared to deal with the heat and dust in these areas.

 

Mumbai: The commercial hub of India

Mumbai is the largest city in India. More than 12 million people live and work within its municipal boundaries. It is the financial and entertainment capital of India.

The Bombay Stock Exchange is the oldest stock exchange in Asia. Mumbai is one of the top 10 centers of global commerce and trade. It is the economic hub of India with many of its important financial institutions and private conglomerates located here such as the Reserve Bank of India, Reliance Industries, Tata Group and Life Insurance Corporation of India.

Mumbai is known worldwide as the home of Bollywood, India's motion picture industry. It produces around 200 films every year at studios in Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri. India's premier entertainment channels such as Zee TV, Sony Entertainment, StarPlus and Sony ESPN are also headquartered in Mumbai.

Mumbai has many attractions and places of interests such as colonial buildings, museums, beaches, zoos, gardens, markets and religious places. Some of the most famous landmarks of Mumbai include the Victoria Terminus, Haji Ali Darga, Maratha Mandir (cinema hall), The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Gateway of India.

Mumbai Airport

Mumbai is served by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM). Domestic travel outnumbers International travel at Mumbai. It is a hub for Air India, Jet Airways, GoAir, IndiGo and SpiceJet.

The most popular domestic destinations from Mumbai are to New Delhi, Bangalore, Goa and Chennai. Whereas the top international destinations from Mumbai are to Dubai, London, Singapore and Bangkok.

Hotels in Mumbai

Mumbai offers many options for accommodation, however for those new to the city, it is best to stick to established brand name hotel chains. Many are easy to find around the airport as well as in South Mumbai, where most important businesses take place.

Indigo Airlines

IndiGo (InterGlobe Aviation Limited) is India's largest airline with a 50% share in the domestic Indian market. It carries more than 46 million passengers annually to more than 50 domestic and 17 international destinations.

IndiGO Logo. From their website at www.goindigo.in

IndiGo is headquartered in Gurugram. Its primary hub is at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and it operates additional bases in Chennai (MAA), Mumbai (BOM), Bengaluru (BLR), Hyderabad, (HYD), Kolkata (CCY) and Ahmedabad (AMD).

IndiGo was founded in 2006 with an inaugural flight from Delhi to Guwahati and Imphal by 2010 it had become India's largest and fastest growing airline, surpassing flag carrier Air India and the now defunct King Fisher Airlines and Jet Airways.

IndiGo's clever use of its IATA designator 6E in marketing its brand has made it even more "sexy" with phrases such as 6E Fares, 6E Add-ons, and its inflight magazine, Hello6E.

SpiceJet Airlines

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SpiceJet is India's second largest airline after IndiGo, by the number of domestic passengers carried. It is headquartered in Gurugram, and its hub is at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).

SpiceJet was founded in 2004 as a successor of on ModiLuft, which had shut down in 1996. With an initial shaky start, it now boasts a 13.6% domestic air passenger market share as of March 2019. The airline operates more than 300 daily flights to 47 Indian and 7 international destinations from its hubs at Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Sources: SpiceJet News, Indigo Press Releases.

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