In a major boost for the farming community of West Bengal and ensuring a timely and efficient transport of their produce, SpiceJet, the country’s biggest air cargo operator, has carried around 170 MT of lychee and fish seeds from Kolkata to different parts of the country in the month of May 2020.
SpiceJet transported 110 MT of lychee from Kolkata to different parts of the country including 50.43 MT to Bengaluru, 27.35 MT to Delhi, 23.19 MT to Mumbai, 5.63 MT to Ahmedabad and 2.11 MT to Chennai. SpiceJet ferried 60 MT of fish seeds from Kolkata to different cities including 26.09 MT to Imphal, 23.63 MT to Kochi and 5.59 MT to Chennai among others.
Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, SpiceJet, said, “We carried 170 MT of lychee and fish seeds from Kolkata to different parts of the country in the month of May 2020. Transport of perishables like fish seeds, lychee, shrimp are a concern due to their shorter shelf-life and have been a primary cause of worry for the farmer community. Our strong cargo network has ensured that these perishables are transported on-time and conveniently, boosting India’s farming community.”
Earlier between March 25 and May 8, 2020, SpiceJet had transported a record 470 tons of shrimp and fresh farm produce to and from Kolkata on key domestic destinations such as Chennai, Agartala, Imphal, Kochi and Vishakhapatnam.
Kolkata has been a major cargo hub for SpiceJet and through its dedicated fleet of freighters the airline has been ensuring that the supply chain of vital and medical supplies and farm produce remains intact even during the lockdown period.
Overall, during the lockdown period, SpiceJet has transported 4500 tons of cargo to and from Kolkata which includes transporting medical and surgical supplies, sanitizers, face masks, coronavirus rapid test kits, IR thermometers etc. and providing doorstep deliveries of essential supplies, medicines, medical equipment, cold chain medical supplies to various medical and pharma companies, international retailers in this global war against COVID-19 pandemic.
SpiceJet has transported 13600 tons of cargo on 2000 flights since the nation-wide lockdown began.
SpiceJet recently converted three Q400 passenger aircraft into freighters, perfectly suited for operations to Tier II & III cities. Now, with a dedicated fleet of eight freighters, the airline is set to provide further boost to the agro exports across the country.
SpiceJet has operated special cargo flights to and from Jakarta, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Incheon, Cebu, Huangzhou, Tashkent, Baghdad, Cambodia, Guangzhou, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Egypt, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Colombo, Dubai, Kabul, Myanmar, Sharjah, Kyrgyzstan, Male, Kuala Lumpur, Ukraine and a host of other places.
SpiceJet operated the country’s first cargo-on-seat flight on April 7 carrying vital supplies in passenger cabin & belly space. Since then, the airline has been regularly deploying its B737 and Q400 passenger aircraft to carry cargo in the passenger cabin.