SpiceXpress contributes to Bangladesh-Spain road-air operation

By Rachelle Harry

SpiceJet A340

SpiceXpress, the cargo division of SpiceJet, helped transport cargo from Dakha in Bangladesh to Spain via Kolkata and New Delhi as part of a road-air operation.

The cargo, which amounted to 48 tonnes and included fashion garments, was transported from Dhaka to Kolkata airport via road and then to New Delhi on Airbus A340 freighter.

From New Delhi, the cargo was then transported to Spain on a SpiceXpress Airbus A340 with the seats removed (pictured).

The task was carried out in collaboration with India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation, and AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services Company.

The Indian airline said the initiative gives impetus to the government’s vision of making India a transshipment hub.

It is not the first operation to road freight cargo to India before flying it to destination.

In 2018, bonded cargo from Bangladesh was flown out of the Indian airport of Kolkata after EFL created a tailor-made logistics solution to handle the very first bonded, cross-border, land-air transhipment between the two countries.

Exports from Dhaka have faced difficulty in the past, with security restrictions and capacity constraints causing issues.

Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director of SpiceJet, commented: “We are extremely proud to launch our first-ever multimodal cargo movement between Dhaka and Spain via Kolkata and New Delhi with the help of Ministry of Civil Aviation and AAICLAS. Multimodal cargo service will actively and effectively contribute in streamlining cargo shipment across various domestic and international sectors, reduce cost and ensure self-reliance, helping realise our Prime Minister’s vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat.”

“With the government’s continued support, I am sure this initiative will foster the logistics industry to be a key driver in making the country a $5trn economy by 2024.”

In December, SpiceXpress, launched a pharma service to support the widespread global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.

The launch of Spice Pharma Pro followed SpiceXpress helping to transport essential goods and medical supplies into and around India throughout the pandemic, as well as helping to maintain the country’s supply chains.

As part of its efforts to transport Covid-19 vaccines to every part of India, as well as outside of the country, SpiceJet partnered with Brussels AirportGMR Hyderabad Air Cargo, Om Logistics, Snowman Logistics.

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