SpiceJet has launched regular flights to Europe for the first time after operating several medium to long-haul charters during Covid. The budget carrier will fly its Boeing 737 Max twice weekly between Amritsar and Rome Fiumicino; and three times a week between Amritsar and Milan Bergamo, an airline official said. These flights will have a 40-minute technical stopover in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, where the operational crew – pilots and cabin crew – will change on the way from India and back home.
“During Covid we operated many charter flights to North America and Europe. There is significant demand for travel on some of the routes on which we previously operated charters. We therefore started regular flights to Italy from Wednesday (with a technical stop for refueling and crew change). This is the first time we will be operating regular scheduled flights to Europe,” said a SpiceJet official.
The airline tweeted on Wednesday: “Captured a wonderful moment when India and Italy were on their way to create a new route. It was a great honor and pleasure to meet the Italian Ambassador Vincenzo De Luca.
SpiceJet expects to raise an additional loan of Rs 1,000 crore under the government’s amended Emergency Credit Line Guarantee (ECLGS) scheme for airlines. GoAir and SpiceJet are learned to have applied for loans from the revised ECLGS. A SpiceJet official said last month that the loan would “rejuvenate (the airline); help clear all legal charges; launch the new Boeing 737 MAX and settle the survival debate once and for all.”