Friday, January 15, 2021

Wanted to be involved in India's fight against COVID-19: Spicejet

Spicejet has played a key role in the transport of vaccines across the country via its aircraft.

CNBC-TV18’s Anu Sharma spoke to Ajay Singh, the Chairman and Managing Director at Spicejet, to know more about their role in vaccine logistics as well as expectations from the budget.

“We wanted to be involved in India’s fight against the COVID-19 and we have started with that pretty early. We are right at the start of this crisis, we were involved in transporting COVID-19 material, PPE kits, equipment and machines etc that were required by the government in February and March of 2020 and we continue to do that through this phase,” he said.

Spicejet has been the largest carrier of vaccines. “On the first day of the vaccine transport, Spicejet carried about little more than 4 million vaccine doses, this is about 80 percent of whatever vaccines were carried out of the Serum facility,” he said.

“We continue to play a large part and hopefully we will be able to help in transporting vaccines not only throughout our country but countries around the world,” Singh mentioned.

In terms of budget, he said, “We have requested that the excise duty on ATF be removed at least for a short period of time, we have requested that IGST on reimport of parts that should be removed – it has been imposed in the past two-three years - and of course we have requested for infrastructure status for the industry. We hope that the government can look at some of these issues positively.”

14/01/21 CNBC TV18

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