SpiceJet repatriates 30,000 Indians in 200 charter flights

ST Staff
Thursday, 2 July 2020

SpiceJet said that it has operated 200 charter flights playing a key role to help Indians stranded abroad to return home

Mumbai: SpiceJet, the airline carrier and the biggest air cargo operator, has operated 200 charter flights playing a key role to help Indians stranded abroad to return home and reunite with their families. The airline has helped repatriate close to 30,000 Indian nationals so far. SpiceJet has operated charter flights from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Lebanon and Sri Lanka helping stranded Indian nationals fly back home.

The airline has operated multiple charter flights for seafarers in addition to operating multiple charters within the country. SpiceJet has also operated multiple domestic charter flights to help foreign nationals reach key metros like Delhi from where they could fly back to their respective countries. In June alone, SpiceJet operated a total of 175 charter flights.

Ajay Singh, Chairman and the Managing Director, SpiceJet, said, “SpiceJet is proud to have played a small role in repatriating around 30,000 Indian Nationals and helping them reunite with their families. We continue to operate multiple characters on a daily basis and remain dedicated in our efforts to facilitate the return of our fellow citizens back home. This pandemic has seen us rise to the occasion as and when our services have been required. We have transported around 20,000 tons of cargo since March 25 this year carrying medicines and medical equipment and fruits and vegetables to all corners of India and the world.”

SpiceJet’s International cargo network now spans over 40 countries with the airline operating regular flights to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok, Colombo, Dhaka, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kabul, Kyrgyzstan, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Myanmar, Moscow, Shanghai, Singapore, Sharjah, Tashkent and a host of other places. SpiceJet operated the country’s first cargo-on-seat flight on April 7 carrying vital supplies in the passenger cabin and belly space. Since then, the airline has been regularly deploying its B737 and Q400 passenger aircraft to carry cargo in the passenger cabin.

The 200 charter flights don’t include those operated under Vande Bharat by SpiceJet About SpiceJet Ltd SpiceJet is India’s favourite airline that has made flying affordable for more Indians than ever before. The airline has a fleet of 82 Boeing 737, 29 Bombardier Q-400s, eight B737 and Bombardier Q-400 freighters and is the country’s largest regional player operating 49 daily flights under UDAN or the Regional Connectivity Scheme.

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