Guwahati: In a bid to boost trade in the Northeastern markets and help micro, small & medium enterprises, air cargo operator, Spicejet has launched 14 new cargo flights to and from the region using its Bombardier Q400 freighters.
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.
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.
Speaking in a programme held on the occasion, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated SpiceJet for the initiative and said that it would immensely help and boost local business, trade, micro, small & medium enterprises and farmers. He said that farmers from the region can now transport their fresh farm produce across the country and internationally also.
He also urged local businesses, traders, entrepreneurs to make use of this opportunity that provides the farmers access to markets not only within India but across the globe.
The chief minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been taking pro-active steps to developing in the region. And the new cargo service by Spicejet would help in the efforts to fulfil his vision for transforming the northeast as the growth engine of the country. He said that there are more than 37 lakh farmer families in Assam who are dedicating themselves to become economically self-sufficient besides significantly contributing to the state’s economy.
He observed that the farmers’ dream of doubling their income will get a renewed thrust with the launch of the cargo service.
Union minister of state with independent charge for civil aviation Hardeep Singh Puri and chairman-cum-managing director of Spicejet Ajay Singh joined the launch ceremony virtually.