Almost 50% domestic flight operations have started in September: Hardeep Singh Puri


GUWAHATI:Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday said 50 percent of the domestic flight operations had started in the month of September.

Participating through video conference on the launch of air cargo by SpiceJet in Guwahati, Puri said, “ I have been saying this to airline operators in April-May that demand will come back and by September at least 50 percent of domestic flights operations have started.”

He added, “We are opening more and ready to support the operators from the government to expand internationally.”

SpiceJet has launched 14 new cargo flights to and from North Eastern India using its Bombardier Q400 freighters.

The company stated, “ In line with its commitment to enhance regional connectivity, SpiceJet is the first Indian carrier to introduce dedicated cargo flights for North Eastern India. 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 new freighter service will boost the growth of trade in the North Eastern markets and help Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises”.

Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, SpiceJet said aviation has done well. “Aviation industry has restarted. In April-May we never thought 50 percent of the domestic flight operations will start by September.”

He said that the North East still suffers from a lack of connectivity and it has always been a dream to help better integrate this wonderful part of India with the rest of our country. As the Prime Minister has said that North East has the potential to become India’s growth engine, we sincerely hope that our dedicated cargo flights will help significantly transform the region.”

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

Singh added, “We are also looking at Lilabari to connect Arunachal Pradesh.”

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, said, “Farmers from the region can now transport their fresh farm produce across the country and internationally also. I would urge local businesses, traders, entrepreneurs to make use of this opportunity that provides us access to markets not only within India but across the globe. SpiceJet dedicating a part of its fleet to improving connectivity and strengthening the supply chain in Assam and North East is a welcome step that will immensely help and boost local business, trade, micro, small & medium enterprises and farmers.”

SpiceJet’s international cargo network now spans over 44 international destinations.

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