“As part of our efforts to augment capacity and minimise passenger inconvenience, SpiceJet
will induct five more Q400s in addition to the 16 B737s we announced last week,” SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said.
The sudden reduction of aviation capacity should in no way hamper air connectivity to the smaller towns and cities of India and as the country's largest regional operator, SpiceJet will make all possible efforts in this direction, Singh said.
The 90-seater variant is part of SpiceJet's second purchase order for up to 50 Q400 turboprops placed in September 2017 worth $1.7 billion.
Spicejet has already inducted five planes as part of this order.
It also operates a 78-seater variant of the same aircraft.
SpiceJet operates 516 average daily flights to 60 destinations, including 51 domestic and 9 international ones.
The airline has a fleet of 48 Boeing 737, 27 Bombardier Q-400s and one B737 freighter.