VARANASI: A Spicejet flight on Hongkong-Delhi route with over 140 passengers made an emergency landing in Varanasi on Sunday. The Boeing 737 Max made an emergency landing due to a snag in the left engine. The incident took place at around 10am on Sunday morning.
Varanasi Airport Director confirmed that all passengers on board were safe.
A few days back, Spicejet had announced the launch of 12 new non-stop flights and additional frequencies connecting metros and non-metros from January 20. Some of the new flights and routes are aimed at further augmenting regional connectivity.
As part of the network expansion plan, the airline will introduce daily direct flights to Jammu, Jaipur and Amritsar from Dehradun. The airline had also announced one more frequencies on the Jaipur-Varanasi (second daily flight), Chennai-Madurai (fourth frequency) and a third flight on the Hyderabad- Vijayawada sector.
Flights on all the routes are daily except on Chennai-Madurai where flights will not operate on Tuesdays, the airline added.
The airline said it will deploy its regional jets Bombardier Q400s to cater to the new routes, thereby strengthening its network across the North and the South.