SpiceJet to expand cargo operations to two more destinations

July 30th, 2008 - 9:02 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Low cost carrier SpiceJet Wednesday said its cargo operations would cover two more destinations by next month. Its cargo operations, launched May 12, currently cover nine centres.

“We are aggressively looking at the cargo business and have put in necessary infrastructure,” said SpiceJet chief commercial officer Samyukth Sridharan.

American private equity firm W.L. Ross invested $80 million in the beleaguered budget carrier SpiceJet, breathing fresh life into it.

SpiceJet will start its cargo operations from Guwahati and Bagdogra airport in northern West Bengal from next month. It already operates its cargo operations from major economic hubs such as Ahmedabad and Bangalore apart from the four metros.

Sridharan said the response to the carrier’s cargo operations was encouraging. “In June alone, we flew in excess of 1,320 tonnes load which generated a revenue of over Rs.35 million,” he said.

SpiceJet is also looking at specialized sectors like auto and garments and is also eyeing perishable commodities like food items and flowers, which are in huge demand.

The airline also foresees an annual growth of 15 percent in the domestic cargo industry.

“We are confident of touching the magic figure of Rs.100 crore (Rs.1 billion) annually in the first three years of our cargo operations,” Sridharan said.

SpiceJet said its new generation Boeing fleet carries between two tonnes to 3.5 tonnes of cargo each flight.

It also operates 94 passenger flights every day to 16 destinations and has the capacity to ferry over 300 tonnes of cargo daily.

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