SpiceJet, on Friday reported to have operated 1,019 charter flights playing a key role all through the COVID-19 pandemic and helping Indian and foreign nationals reunite with their families.
The airline has helped repatriate 1.75 lakh people so far, it said in a statement. Of this SpiceJet has operated 722 charter flights repatriating more than 1.3 lakh Indians from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar.
From the UAE, the airline has operated 315 charters to help more than 62,625 Indian nationals travel back home to Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat and other Indian states.
SpiceJet has operated 295 charter flights from Saudi Arabia to different parts of the country repatriating more than 51,575 Indians. From Oman, SpiceJet has operated 74 charters bringing back 12,950 Indian passengers, while from Qatar the airline has operated 38 charters repatriating around 6,654.
Besides repatriating Indian nationals from the above four countries, SpiceJet has operated multiple charters to and from Kuwait, Kabul, South Korea, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Netherlands, Lebanon, Georgia, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Maldives, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka.
The airline deployed its Boeing 737 aircraft for these charter flights.
SpiceJet has also operated 16 long-haul charter flights using Airbus A330-900 Neo aircraft to and from London, Amsterdam, Toronto and Rome helping more than 5,109 Indian and foreign nationals stranded for months to get back to their homes.
Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Commercial Officer, SpiceJet, said, “There’s nothing more important than your family and this belief gave us the motivation and zeal to help every possible stranded person to reach their families not just within India, but across the world. Achieving the one thousand charter flights milestone and repatriating 1.75 lakh people is a true reflection of our motivation and commitment.”
Since the lockdown began, SpiceJet has operated more than 8,500 cargo flights carrying around 63,000 tons of vital supplies and cargo to and from Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Baghdad, Bahrain, Bangkok, Bishkek, Cambodia, Cairo, Cebu, Chad, Colombo, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Erbil (Iraq), Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Huangzhou, Incheon, Jakarta, Kabul, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kyrgyzstan, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Male, Moscow, Myanmar, Ras Al Khaimah, Shanghai, Sharjah, Singapore, Sulaymaniyah, Tashkent, Ukraine, Yekaterinburg (Russia) and a host of other countries.