The airline operated its first evacuation flight from Jeddah to Kochi on April 30, evacuating 184 stranded Indian nationals who were stuck in Sudan, its officials said.
Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet, said, “We are humbled by the opportunity to contribute in the evacuation of stranded Indians from Sudan under ‘Operation Kaveri’. SpiceJet remains committed to supporting the Government in its mission to safeguard our citizens and enable their safe return to their homes and families. We successfully operated our first evacuation flight from Jeddah bringing back 184 stranded Indian nationals. We are in touch with the government to operate more such flights.”
The airline is in regular touch with the ministry of external affairs and the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to coordinate further evacuation efforts. More evacuation flights from Saudi Arabia to different cities in India are being planned. Officials said that SpiceJet is well connected to Saudi Arabia and operates daily flights from Jeddah to Calicut, Delhi and Mumbai. It also operates daily flights from Riyadh to Delhi.
“SpiceJet has been a crucial part of the government’s evacuation and repatriation efforts in the past. SpiceJet had helped evacuate more than 1600 students under “Operation Ganga” having operated special flights to Budapest, Kosice and Suceava. The had also played a key role in repatriating Indians and foreign nationals during the pandemic times,” another official said.