As India launches what is set to be one of the largest mass Covid-19 vaccination drives in the world, SpiceJet and its cargo arm SpiceExpress have added another airport partner in the country.
The carrier has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Adani Ahmedabad International Airport Ltd (AAIAL), which operates Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD), to provide seamless transportation of Covid-19 vaccines.
As part of its continued efforts to ensure the transport of vital Covid-19 vaccines to every part of the country as well as outside India, SpiceJet has partnered with Brussels Airport BRU), GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (HYD), Om Logistics Ltd., Snowman Logistics among others.
As part of this association, AAIAL will handle the acceptance, warehousing of Covid-19 vaccines and provide temperature-controlled facility, plug points in the warehouse and airside and maintain the cold chain from acceptance to the airside, and vice versa ensuring smooth handling of vaccines.
On the other hand, SpiceJet’s cargo arm, SpiceXpress, will provide rapid and secure transportation of Covid-19 vaccine in India and international markets with the proper temperature-controlled mechanisms under the MoU.
Ajay Singh, chairman & managing director, SpiceJet says: “The success of the biggest vaccination drive largely depends upon the transport, storage, and distribution of vaccines to every part of the world without any major challenges.
“At SpiceJet, we are ensuring no stones are left unturned in making this drive a remarkable success and our latest tie-up with Adani Ahmedabad International Airport Limited is another step in that direction which would help in the seamless transportation of the Covid-19 vaccine.”
Behnad Zandi, CEO – Adani Airport Group adds: “We are humbled to be part of this vaccination drive by utilising our core competencies in the logistics sector and infusing innovative solutions as cargo terminal operators at SVPI Airport. We are committed to ensuring seamless transportation of vaccines through our terminal.”
With a network spanning 54 domestic and 45 international destinations and a fleet of 17 freighters, SpiceXpress is capable of flying over 500 tonnes of cargo per day to both domestic and a wide list of international destinations. The airline has also tied up with global leaders in cold chain solutions offering active and passive packaging with dedicated equipment to perform seamless cold chain operations.
SpiceXpress has the capability to transport extremely sensitive drugs, vaccines blood samples and medicines in controlled temperatures ranging from -40°c to +25°c. The airline also offers other benefits such as a network of warehouses equipped with deep freezers to enable change of cool packs and ground vehicles and containers to help transport sensitive cargo.
From the start of the pandemic, SpiceJet and its cargo arm, SpiceXpress, has helped in the transportation of vital goods and medical supplies to all corners of India and the world. SpiceJet has operated more than 12,906 cargo flights since the lockdown began and carried around 104,800 tonnes of cargo.