Spicejet is set to operate 25 flights under Vande Bharat Mission (VBM), aiming to bring back 4, 500 Indians stranded in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

So far, the Indian low-cost airline has operated six flights under VBM from Ras Al-Khaimah, Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam to Ahmedabad, Goa and Jaipur.

The airline will operate another 19 flights this month from Ras Al-Khaimah, Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh and Muscat to Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai.

In addition to operating flights under India’s repatriation drive, Spicejet has operated over 200 charter flights from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Lebanon and Sri Lanka, bringing 30,000 stranded Indian nationals back home.

Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, Spicejet said, “It is a matter of great honour for us at Spicejet to be a part of this crucial mission of uniting our fellow Indian citizens with their families. The Vande Bharat Mission is really a laudable initiative by the Government of India. In addition to VBM, we have operated more than 200 charter flights to repatriate around 30,000 Indian nationals.”

Spicejet has also strengthened its cargo operations in this pandemic phase and has operated 3,512 cargo flights since the lockdown began.

The carrier’s international cargo network now spans over 40 countries with regular flights to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok, Colombo, Dhaka, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kabul, Kyrgyzstan, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Myanmar, Moscow, Shanghai, Singapore, Sharjah and Tashkent among others.