SpiceJet eyes Singapore as promising market for cargo services
Indian airline SpiceJet has boosted its cargo network with a new service connecting Singapore and the three cities of India.
On February 22, 2021, SpiceJet announced that its cargo arm SpiceXpress launched twice-weekly services from Singapore to three Indian cities including Bangalore, Chennai, and Mumbai with its Boeing 737F aircraft. The air carrier expects that the measure will provide additional airfreight capacity between Singapore and India.
Sanjiv Gupta, the CEO at SpiceXpress, pointed out that the development of scheduled freighter operations to Singapore would strengthen air trades between the two countries and help the cargo arm to strategically build its network in South East Asia.
“We are much delighted to commence our scheduled freighter operations to Singapore. [...] It is also well-positioned as a springboard for SpiceXpress into other markets such as Europe and Australia,” Gupta was quoted in the statement.
SpiceJet launched its cargo operations under SpiceXpress in September 2018 and has since expanded its fleet to 19 cargo aircraft, including five widebody freighters. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the air carrier has aided in the transportation of critical goods and medical supplies internationally.
In addition to SpiceJet, there are four more cargo operators offering freighter services between Singapore and India. In 2020, the air carriers such as Emirates, IndiGo, Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY), and SriLankan Airlines have also operated cargo-only passenger flights between India and Singapore.
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