Aggarwal adds that there were benefits to be derived from sheer payment discipline too.
Several airlines owed the oil companies fuel dues - Air India owes over Rs 1,200 crore and Kingfisher Rs 800 crore - but Aggarwal says SpiceJet was able to embed a 15 per cent discount in the fuel contracts it negotiated by "paying its bills on time".
Likewise, for airport and aviation charges.
The cutbacks are evident in the 14 per cent fall in expenditure on fuel in 2009-10.
"Cost avoidance," as Aggarwal puts it, also helped.
For instance, the airline saved about Rs 1 crore by relocating its training simulators from Hong Kong and Dubai, and signing a three-year maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) contract with Malaysian Airlines instead.
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