Spicejet has been designated as an ‘Indian scheduled carrier’ to operate flights between India and the US.
The flights will be operated as per terms of Air Services Agreement between the Government of India and the Government of the United States of America.
An interesting point to note is that this will be the first time after Jet Airways got grounded in April 2019, that an India-based private airline will operate flights to the US.
Currently, only the flag carrier Air India is serving the India-US route.
The budget airline is said to be reviewing aircraft models, as it will require a wide-body aircraft on long-haul sectors like India-US.
Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, Spicejet said, “It gives me immense pleasure to share that Spicejet has been designated as an Indian scheduled carrier to operate between India and the US. This designation would help us plan for our international expansion in a much better and calibrated manner.
“I have always maintained that there is an opportunity in every adversity and the present crisis has seen Spicejet rise to the occasion and play a pivotal role. From operating over 4,300 cargo flights to carrying over 24,000 tons of cargo to operating over 400 charter flights to bring thousands of stranded Indian nationals back home, the airline has worked non-stop and contributed in whatever manner possible.”