SpiceJet, an Indian low-cost carrier, began scheduled passenger service to Italy on 2 November 2022, with twice-weekly service from Amritsar to Milan (Bergamo) and weekly service to Rome. Both routes were flown with a Boeing 737 MAX 8 with stops at Tbilisi.
SpiceJet subsequently changed the flights to stop at Kutaisi on the eastbound return to India, with westbound flights to Italy still stop at Tbilisi. (It's unclear why SpiceJet is using this asymmetric routing.) Service to Rome increased to twice weekly effective 10 February 2023, with some flight operated using Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and on 18 February 2023 service to Milan (Bergamo) dropped to once weekly. Both routes subsequently switched to Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and Rome returns to weekly on 21 April 2023.
Today's Featured Map illustrates the current routings, with red for the westbound flights and orange for the eastbound returns. Geodesic paths for the flights obfuscate the routings so this is a perfect use of the new Bézier paths. Curiously, the distances are the same via either of the Georgian airports.
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