NEW DELHI: SpiceJet has been designated as a scheduled Indian carrier to operate flights to the US. The low cost carrier (LCC) has for some time been considering wet-leasing (hiring with operating crew) wide body aircraft for international flights.
“This is to inform you that in terms of the Air Services Agreement between the government of India and the government of the United States of America, SpiceJet has been designated as Indian scheduled carrier to operate on agreed services between India and the USA,” the LCC said in a BSE on Thursday.
India has so far created travel bubbles with US, France and Germany that allows movement of people — as per government norms — direct between the countries. When Indian and UAE airlines were allowed to fly people authorised to travel between the two countries from July 12 to 26, there was a specific condition that India to UAE flights will carry only those passengers who are destined for the UAE. Over years, UAE hubs have been a major hub for travel between India and the west.
This has opened a window for Indian carriers to operate nonstops to the countries with which India creates travel bubbles. As of now, Air India is the only Indian carrier that flies to North America, Europe and Australia. Vistara will be getting its second wide body Dreamliner which has Europe in its range.
IndiGo and SpiceJet have had medium haul routes on their radar for a while now.