Beijing: India's budget airline SpiceJet is all set to operate its first flight from China from its southern trade hub Guangzhou to New Delhi from February 8.
"All necessary paperwork to operate the Spice flight from Guangzhou to Delhi has been cleared and the flight will begin its operations from February 8," Indian Consulate General to Guangzhou, K Nagaraj Naidu said on Tuesday.
SpiceJet will initially operate four flights a week at an initial ticket price of 999 Yuan (Rs 8000).
The entry of the Indian budget airline has already spurred competition as China Southern Airline which operates daily flights between Guangzhou to Delhi has doubled its frequency.
The Chinese airline said it would begin operating two flights daily in the same sector.
Guangzhou-Delhi sector is regarded as the most popular as the Guangdong province, for which Guangzhou is the provincial capital is regarded as the power house of China housing some of the top industrial cities like Shenzhen.
Over 30,000 Indian professionals, businessmen and workers reside in the province making it significant for Indian operations.
Also Guangdong is located close to Hong Kong and Macau, which has high concentration of Indians.
The new flight will enhance people-to-people contacts between China, reflecting flourishing trade between the two countries, Naidu said.
This is the first time an Indian budget airline made forays into China.
The India-China airline business is mostly dominated by Chinese Airlines which operate flights to Indian cities from Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Air India operates its flight from Shanghai.
SpiceJet is also looking to operate flights from Delhi to Chengdu, Hong Kong and Macau as well, according to officials.