SpiceJet launches scheduled freighter services between Singapore, India

2021-02-23 16:27:24 Logistics News (Airlines & Aviation)

SpiceJet has launched twice-weekly services between Singapore and three Indian cities – Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai.

The carrier’s first flight from Chennai landed at Changi Airport on February 20 at 1115 hrs. Operated under SpiceJet’s cargo arm SpiceXpress using a B737F aircraft, the new services will provide additional airfreight capacity between Singapore and India.

SpiceJet cargo operations SpiceXpress started in 2018; now, its fleet with 19 aircraft

SpiceJet launched its cargo operations under SpiceXpress in September 2018 and has since expanded its fleet to 19 cargo aircraft, including five widebody aircraft.

Between April and December 2020, SpiceJet operated over 230 chartered cargo flights, comprising freighter and cargo-only passenger flights, between India and Singapore. The air cargo capacity injected by SpiceJet has helped support air trade and the conveyance of humanitarian goods, including medical supplies and perishables, between the two countries.

Four more airlines operating freighter flights between India and Singapore

In addition to SpiceJet, there are four other cargo airlines operating freighter flights between Singapore and India. In 2020, airlines such as Emirates, IndiGo, Singapore Airlines and SriLankan Airlines have also operated cargo-only passenger flights between India and Singapore.

Lim Ching Kiat, CAG’s managing director of Air Hub Development said, “CAG has been engaging SpiceJet for several years to mount scheduled services to Singapore, hence we are pleased to welcome SpiceJet to Changi’s family of airlines. In these challenging times when air cargo capacity is constrained, the introduction of SpiceJet’s freighter service is much welcomed. The additional capacity helps support the transportation of essential goods such as medical and food supplies between the two countries.”

 Singapore also well-positioned as a springboard for SpiceXpress

Sanjiv Gupta, SpiceXpress’s CEO said, “We are much delighted to commence our scheduled freighter operations to Singapore. This development would strengthen air trades between the two countries by providing faster and seamless logistics solutions. In addition, this strategic move would help SpiceXpress build its network in South East Asia. Singapore is also well-positioned as a springboard for SpiceXpress into other markets such as Europe and Australia.”

In January 2021, Changi Airport handled 146,000 million tonnes of airfreight throughput in total. The number of weekly cargo flights at Changi Airport has tripled to more than 950 compared to 2019, and the airport is now connected to about 70 cities by weekly cargo flights.

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