SpiceJet, the country’s biggest air
cargo operator, is contributing in a big way to support Indian farmers by transporting
record quantities of fresh farm and shrimp produce and supporting the
government’s ‘Krishi Udan’ and ‘Marine Krishi Udaan’ initiatives.
Lending a helping hand to farmers and
ensuring that the supply chain remains intact and farmers get to transport and
export their produce in a timely and efficient manner during the nation-wide
lockdown, SpiceJet has transported over 20 lakh kilograms of fresh farm and
shrimp produce using its dedicated fleet of freighters and passenger aircraft
and operating special cargo flights to various
domestic and international destinations.
As part of its efforts to provide a
boost to agro exports, the airline has ferried 1070 tons of farm produce during
the lockdown period till May 8, 2020 both within and outside the country. Some
of the major markets include — Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Muscat, Singapore, Kolkata,
Kochi, Mumbai among others.
Pioneer of India’s ‘Marine Krishi
Udaan’, SpiceJet had launched dedicated freighter flights on February 25 this
year to ferry shrimp. The airline has transported 950 tons of shrimp during the
lockdown phase till May 8, 2020 to help India’s Shrimp farmers. Between
February 25 and May 8, SpiceJet has transported close to 1550 tons of shrimp.
The major markets served by the airline under the program include — Kolkata,
Chennai, Ahmedabad, Surat and Vishakhapatnam. Shrimp farmers used face a lot of
problems in undertaking timely transportation of seeds in the absence of
dedicated freighter flights thereby leading to heavy losses.
Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing
said, “These are the most difficult times for our farmer community who have
been amongst the worst hit during this pandemic. In the absence of timely
transportation farmers would have faced huge losses and we are happy that our
cargo services have been of help to them. SpiceJet remains firmly committed to
the Government’s all-out efforts in mitigating the adverse impact of the
Overall, during the lockdown period,
the airline has transported 6650 tons of cargo
transporting COVID-19 related 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 the
The airline has operated special cargo
flights to and from Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong,
Shanghai, Bangkok, Colombo, Dubai, Kabul, Myanmar, Sharjah, Male, Kuala Lumpur,
Guangzhou, Bahrain, Cambodia, Ukraine and a host of other places.
Kolkata has been a major hub for both
perishables and shrimp produce for SpiceJet and accounted for close to 470 MT
of cargo during the lockdown. The airline has transported close to 425 MT of
shrimp while servicing the ‘city of joy’ on key routes such as Chennai-Kolkata
(320 MT), Vishakhapatnam-Kolkata (90 MT), Kolkata-Imphal (12 MT) among others.
Additionally, the airline has transported approximately 45 MT of perishables
from Kolkata to domestic destinations such as Imphal, Bengaluru, Agartala,
Chennai, Mumbai and Guwahati and 13 MT to international destinations such as
Colombo and Hong Kong.
Chennai has been yet another major
market for SpiceJet for shrimp produce. The airline has transported close to
685 MT of shrimp while servicing the capital city of Tamil Nadu on key routes
such as Chennai-Kolkata (320) and Chennai-Surat (365MT) during the lockdown
The airline has transported over 505
MT of shrimp while servicing Surat on key routes such as – Chennai-Surat (365
MT) and Vishakhapatnam-Surat (140 MT).
SpiceJet has transported 724 tons of
fresh farm produce from Kerala during the lockdown period.
Besides Chennai, Vishakhapatnam has
been another key market in South India accounting for close to 225 MT of shrimp
cargo. From Vishakhapatnam, the airline has transported cargo to key domestic
destinations such as Surat (140 MT) and Kolkata (85 MT).
SpiceJet has been continuously
expanding its cargo network on both domestic and international routes carrying
not just COVID-19 related medical supplies but also ensuring that vital export
lines from India to other countries remain intact. The airline 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
On March 29, SpiceJet operated a
special flight between Delhi and Jodhpur to facilitate transportation of 136
Indian passengers evacuated from COVID-19 hit Iran to a Government quarantine
facility in the city.
SpiceJet operated a special charter
flight on March 27 from Delhi to Coimbatore on Government’s request and
transported a Hazmat suit that is helping local authorities replicate and start