A Quick Note about How India’s Airline Industry Differs from the U.S.

I just saw that India’s lowfare carrier SpiceJet is launching its first international service from Chennai, India, to Colombo, Sri Lanka in October.  The route, which is less than 90 minutes in the air, makes sense as a first international destination (close; quick turnaround; solid amount of demand).  But I was thinking about how different the Indian air traveler is from the American air traveler.  Specifically, the flight from Colombo to Chennai departs at 3:15am and arrives at 4:35am, with no time change.  Has there ever been a route in the US with a similar middle-of-the-night departure time with such a short distance?

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