Airline Spicejet joins ‘Operation Kaveri’ and flies 184 rescued Indians from Jeddah to Kochi
On May 1st, 2023, Monday, a Domestic carrier Spicejet joined in efforts to bring back stuck Indians from Sudan under ‘Operation Kaveri’ by the Central Government. The airline operated its first flight to evacuate 184 stranded Indians from Jeddah to Kochi on 30th April. The airlines have mentioned that they are in touch with the government to operate more such flights.
Ajay Singh, the Chairman and Managing Director of Spicejet said, “We are humbled by the opportunity to contribute to the evacuation of stranded Indians from Sudan under the ‘Operation Kaveri.’ The airline remains committed to supporting the Government in its mission to safeguard our citizens and enable their safe return to their homes and families.” The successful operation of the first evacuation flight from Jeddah brought back 184 Indians.
The airline is in continuous touch with the Ministry of External Affairs as well as the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to coordinate further evacuation efforts. Also, more flights for evacuation from Saudi Arabia to various cities in India are being planned. The airline is well connected to Saudi Arabia and operates daily flights from Jeddah to Calicut, Delhi, and Mumbai. It also runs daily flights from Riyadh to Delhi. The Spicejet has been a key part of the process of the government's removal and repatriation efforts in the past years too.
The Union government is all set to evacuate about 3,000 Indian passengers from Sudan who were stuck there, under Operation Kaveri. Sudan is experiencing a blood shell as a result of clashes between the paramilitary forces as well as the army. The airline is committed that no Indian should be left behind in Sudan, India will do everything to resolve this thing.