With airlines continuing to slash passenger services in response to COVID-19, an increasing number of them are deploying additional freighter aircrafts to maintain a cargo offering.
Achieving such a development, India’s biggest air cargo operator, SpiceJet has added Kyrgyzstan and Egypt to its international cargo network as it operated its maiden SpiceXpress cargo flights from Delhi to Bishkek and Mumbai to Cairo via Ras Al-Khaimah.
The budget-carrier deployed its Boeing 737 freighters to transport 17 tonnes of cargo supplies to Bishkek and 17 tonnes of pharma to Cairo.
SpiceJet, which is operating 38 cargo flights today, also brought 13 tonnes of medical supplies from Hong Kong to Kolkata.
“Egypt and Kyrgyzstan are significant additions to our fast expanding cargo network. We are now actively using our Ras Al-Khaimah hub for cargo flights to African and CIS countries and this partnership will continue to grow in the times to come,” SpiceJet Chairman & Managing Director Ajay Singh said.
During the ongoing lockdown period, 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, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Colombo, Dubai, Kabul, Myanmar, Sharjah, Male, Kuala Lumpur, Ukraine and a host of other places. The carrier has transported 13,200 tonnes of cargo on 1880 flights since March 25.