SpiceJet has become the first Indian low-cost carrier to join International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA is the global trade association for the airline industry, representing over 290 airlines.

Conrad Clifford, Regional Vice President for the Asia Pacific, IATA said, “We are delighted to welcome SpiceJet as part of the 290 airlines in the IATA family. SpiceJet is the first Indian low-cost carrier to be an IATA member, and our fifth member in India.

“We look forward to working with Ajay Singh and his team at SpiceJet in shaping the industry’s agenda in India and around the world, and in bringing value to SpiceJet through its IATA membership.”

The IATA membership will boost SpiceJet’s international expansion plan — the airline will be able to collaborate with international member airlines of IATA through interlining and codeshares.

Adding to this, Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said, “This is a proud moment for all of us at SpiceJet as we join as an IATA member. The membership will further enable us to inculcate global best practices and innovations and provide our passengers with a world-class experience each and every time they fly with us.

IATA also provides us a platform to closely work and collaborate with other airline members and expand our network through codeshares and agreements with partner airlines.”