Private carrier SpiceJet will operate its first long haul flight to Amsterdam on August 1 to repatriate Indians, the airline said on Monday. "SpiceJet will operate its first long-haul flight to bring back Indians waiting to come from Europe. 1st flight departs from Amsterdam on Aug 1. Limited seats available," the SpiceJet said via a tweet on its official handle.
Meanwhile, SpiceJet was last week designated as "Indian scheduled carrier" to operate flight services to the UK and US from India. Bilateral air services pact have been signed between the Indian government and that of the two countries. SpiceJet got the nod at a time when all international commercial air passenger services are suspended since March 22 due to visa and travel restrictions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, various evacuation and charter flights like the one to Amsterdam, are being currently operated to fly back stranded Indians in various countries and also transport foreign nationals, who are stuck in India, to their countries.