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Spicejet starts daily cargo services to NE, AI weekly

GUWAHATI, SEP 17 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 9/17/2020 12:29:44 PM IST

In a bid to boost the growth of trade in the North Eastern markets and help Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, domestic carrier Air India and the country’s largest air cargo operator Spicejet launched dedicated cargo flights to the region.

Air India started its weekly (Wednesday) freighter services from Kolkata to North Eastern airports. A dedicated freighter A-321 landed successfully at Imphal and Agartala Airport Wednesday. This is a weekly service started by Air India for the North East Region, initially at Agartala and Imphal Airports.

Air India also operates its services at other NE airports through passenger’s flight in cargo belly at Guwahati, Aizawl, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Silchar, Lilabari and Tezpur airports. The consignments that landed at Imphal and Agartala airports Wednesday were mainly consisting of day old chicks, ducklings, fish seeds, medical equipment kits etc.

At Agartala Airport, the Air India flight brought 2500 kg of essential medical equipment for the state of Tripura and carried outgoing cargo consisting good load of fish through Imphal Airport. And at Imphal Airport the items delivered mainly included fish, day old chicks and medical kits.

“With the support of our farm fraternity the consignment was delivered at these destinations and dedication of airline staff paying special attention while loading of the cargo is laudable. Our cargo terminals at Agartala, Imphal, Silchar, Guwhati and Dibrugarh Airports are operational and ready to provide full services in the region with the help of AAI Cargo Logistic and Allied Services Ltd. (AAICLAS, the cargo wing of AAI),” said JT Radhakrishna, officiating Regional Executive Director, AAI North East Region.

Meanwhile, Spicejet launched 14 new cargo flights to and from the region using its Bombardier Q400 freighters yesterday.

The dedicated cargo flights will help transport fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, perishables, fish seeds, fresh fish, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, express cargo and other general cargo, besides improving logistics and connectivity.

The airline will operate daily cargo flights on Kolkata-Guwahati, Guwahati-Kolkata, KolkataImphal and Imphal-Kolkata sectors.

SpiceJet has also introduced cargo flights between Kolkata and Guwahati via Aizawl and Dimapur which will operate twice-a-week. The airline will also operate cargo flights on the Kolkata-Agartala and Agartala-Guwahati sectors thrice-a-week and twice-a-week on Kolkata-Silchar and Silchar-Guwahati routes.

Speaking in a programme held on the occasion, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated SpiceJet for the initiative and said it would immensely help and boost local business, trade, micro, small and medium enterprises and farmers.

Union MoS for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri and CMD of Spicejet Ajay Singh joined the launching ceremony through virtual platform.

NPN adds: Meanwhile when contacted, a Dimapur airport official said that Spicejet was yet to officially launch the cargo services to Nagaland.

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