GMR-led Hyderabad International Airport has added another domestic freighter operation to its existing range of freighter offerings, with the addition of SpiceJet’s cargo arm, SpiceXpress.
SpiceXpress began the B737-700F service from 1 August connecting Hyderabad (HYD) with Delhi (DEL), Mumbai (BOM), Bangalore (BLR) and Chennai (MAA). With this, Hyderabad now has six scheduled freighters services operating.
The B737-700F freighter aircraft will operate six days every week, arriving from Chennai at 9:45 pm and departing for Delhi at 10:45 pm. The aircraft has a capacity to carry approximately 20 tonnes of cargo.
The new freighter service will also offer an opportunity to shippers from the region to access the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) and other markets via Delhi, the airport says. The offering also includes postal circulation among the key metros, saving critical time and ensuring quick delivery of goods, it adds.
Congratulating SpiceJet on the service, SGK Kishore, CEO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL), says: “We welcome the launch of SpiceJet freighter services at Hyderabad Airport. We have been working with our partners including SpiceJet to bring in more choices and offer enhanced services in the Hyderabad air cargo market.
“With the addition of this new freighter, customers will have more options to ship their goods within the country and beyond. The availability of high-quality, daily cargo services is essential for the development of trade especially in high-value and time-sensitive products. This will also give a boost to the cargo and logistics sector in the region.”
Manjiv Singh, chief project officer, SpiceJet, adds: “SpiceJet is committed to invest in the growth of Indian trade and Commerce. India is consciously taking bold initiatives like ‘Make in India’, promoting and growing our ‘Smart Cities’ and becoming a USD 5.0 trillion economy in the fastest possible time.
“SpiceJet will continue to contribute to the trade by continuously increasing our geographic reach. Today’s consumers demand for the quickest deliveries possible. This has been shaping the e-commerce and logistics processes, and in turn the express logistics sector.
“SpiceJet is committed to changing ourselves to support what today’s consumers demand. The launch of our 737-700F freighter opens up another option to our customers in and around Hyderabad. We have received a positive response from the market and are confident that this move will add value to our customers’ supply chains,” Singh adds.
Apart from SpiceJet, the other scheduled freighter services that are operating from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD) include Lufthansa, Turkish, Qatar, Cathay Pacific and Blue Dart.
Hyderabad Airport Cargo serves many multinational companies across pharma, perishable, engineering, automobile, aerospace, leather industries. Its clientele includes Dr. Reddy’s, Pfizer, Aurobindo, Milan, Hetero, Gland Pharma, DRDL etc. Apart from all major cargo hubs in India, international destinations like Frankfurt, Istanbul, Dubai, Doha and Hong Kong are also well connected from HYD, it says.