IndiGo and SpiceJet operate special flight from Delhi to Jodhpur
Indian Low-cost carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet operated special flights between capital Delhi and Jodhpur. These flights were operated to shift 275 Indians who had been evacuated from coronavirus hit Iran from Delhi to Jodhpur for quarantine. Commercial operations in India have been put on a hold following the lockdown of the country till April 14th. Only Cargo and emergency services will be able to operate.
Flight details of Delhi- Jodhpur 6E & SG flights
IndiGo and SpiceJet transported a combined 275 Indians from Delhi to Jodhpur where the passengers will be held in the quarantine facility in Jodhpur. IndiGo operated its relief flight as 6E9121 which departed from Delhi at 05:46 local time and arrived in Jodhpur an hour later at 06:46 local time.
The aircraft used was a A320-200 registered as VT-IGW. Coincidentally I have flown on the same aircraft a few years back on a regional sector. The aircraft carried 139 Indians and was led by Captain Rajiv Batish and Captain Vineet Soni along with a team of cabin crew, led by Ms. Monalisa Sangma.
Both the airlines took precautionary steps to ensure the safety of passengers as well as the crew by wearing protective suits, masks, testing the passengers for symptoms of coronavirus before they boarded the aircraft and disinfecting the bags upon arrival. Take a look at how IndiGo followed one of its precautionary step by spaying disinfectant on the luggage.
In a statement, IndiGo Chief Executive Officer Ronojoy Dutta said, “We are honoured to have the opportunity to operate this relief flight, which enabled the shifting of 139 Indian citizens evacuated from Iran to Jodhpur for testing, isolation and treatment as needed.”
SpiceJet operated another flight SG9001 from Delhi to Jodhpur which departed from Delhi at 06:25 local time and arrived at Jodhpur where the passengers sent to quarantine at the army facility.
With the travel ban in place in India till 14th April, only emergency and cargo services would be operational. GoAir has said their aircraft would be available for emergency services. SpiceJet has also announced they are willing to transport people who are in need especially with millions of migrant workers who are desperate to get to their home towns during a crisis such as this.