launched twice-weekly services between Singapore and three Indian cities –
Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai.
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
SpiceJet cargo operations SpiceXpress started in 2018; now, its fleet
with 19 aircraft
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
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.”
also well-positioned as a springboard for SpiceXpress
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.