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SpiceJet shares trim early gains; end 3 pc higher

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New Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI) SpiceJet stock trimmed most of its sharp early gains and ended nearly 3 per cent higher Thursday on profit-booking after rising for five consecutive days. The scrip had climbed 14.99 per cent to Rs 152.60 -- its 52-week high -- on the BSE during the day. Later, it closed at Rs 136.25, up 2.68 per cent. On the traded volume front, 211.25 lakh shares were traded on the BSE during the day. SpiceJet Thursday said it will induct six more Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft on dry lease. "These six aircraft are in addition to the 16 B737s and 5 Q400s that the airline will soon induct. The total number of planes to be inducted in the immediate future now stands at 27," the company said in a BSE filing Thursday. The airline has applied to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to import the planes. Subject to regulatory approvals, the aircraft would begin joining SpiceJet's fleet in the next ten days, it added. "We are taking all possible proactive measures to deal with the sudden reduction of aviation capacity in the Indian market. SpiceJet continues to work closely with the government and regulatory authorities to help minimise passenger inconvenience," Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said. The airline will induct as many as 27 planes in a record time of less than two weeks and is hopeful that these inductions will help considerably ease the pressure situation, he added. The shares had climbed 8.5 per cent Friday after the airline announced it will induct 16 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, a move that will help in bringing down flight cancellations. On Monday, the stock zoomed nearly 9 per cent as the company announced launch of direct flights from Mumbai to seven international destinations, including Colombo, Jeddah, Dhaka, Riyadh and Hong Kong. The next day, the scrip soared over 11 per cent on plans to expand its fleet. Stock markets were closed Wednesday on account of Mahavir Jayanti. Meanwhile, other listed airline InterGlobe Aviation gave up its early gains and closed at Rs 1,554.70, 1.80 per cent down on BSE. PTI SUM ANU ANU

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