Friday, March 12, 2021

Multimodal cargo transportation project: SpiceJet operates first flight from Dhaka to Spain

Mumbai: Budget carrier SpiceJet on Friday operated its first flight as part of the multimodal cargo transportation project carrying 48 tonnes of cargo including garments from Dhaka to Spain for a global fashion brand, while availing an inter-connect of two modes of transport through road and air.

In this multimodal transportation of the cargo, the consignment was shipped first from Dhaka through Petrapole to Kolkata airport via road and then to New Delhi on a SpiceXpress freighter.

From New Delhi, a SpiceXpress Airbus A340 cargo plane will transport the consignment to Spain. The aircraft departed from New Delhi at 8:15 pm, SpiceJet said in a statement.

Petrapole is the Indian side of Petrapole-Benapole border checkpoint between India and Benapole of Bangladesh.

The initiative will provide an impetus to the Indian government''s ''vision'' of making India a transhipment hub, SpiceJet said in the statement.

Multimodal transport is a combination of different means of transport to facilitate the movement of cargo, making it faster and more efficient whereby more than one transport mode is involved to ferry the goods to their final destination which may include trucks, trains, ships and airplanes.

The initiative was undertaken in association with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India''s logistics arm AAICLAS. it said.

12/03/21 Outlook

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