SpiceJet to operate agro freight corridor between Hyderabad & Ras-Al-Khaimah airports
March 17, 2020: SpiceJet signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) and Ras-Al-Khaimah International Airport, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to promote export of agro products like mango, okra, chillies, curry leaf, herbs, spices, floriculture, livestock, animal husbandry, dairy, marine and se
March 17, 2020: SpiceJet signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) and Ras-Al-Khaimah International Airport, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to promote export of agro products like mango, okra, chillies, curry leaf, herbs, spices, floriculture, livestock, animal husbandry, dairy, marine and seafood products from India to UAE and neighbouring countries via Hyderabad from April 2020.
This partnership is in line with the ministry of civil aviation’s (MoCA) Krishi Udaan scheme to give a boost to agro product exports and to aid farmers in transporting agricultural products. SpiceJet’s dedicated freighter aircraft will be used to transport these goods.
Under this collaboration, a dedicated freight corridor will be created to support the agro and farming sector from centrally located Telangana and the neighbouring regions. This will also give direct marketing access and open up new opportunities for both export and import that would benefit the farming community in India. Besides, special arrangements are being made for handling livestock both at exporting and destination airports.
Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet said, “SpiceJet is delighted to partner with GHIAL and Ras-Al-Khaimah International Airport. This partnership will immensely help boost our farmer’s income by providing them ready access to international markets, strengthen the government’s ‘Krishi Udaan Scheme’ and promote export of agro products from India.”
GHIAL signs two tri-partite MoUs @WingsIndia2020. One with @flyspicejet and Ras-Al-Khaimah International Airport, UAE in line with @MoCA_GoI Krishi Udan Scheme to boost agro export and aid farmers, 2nd with Govt. of Telangana @TelanganaCMO and @Airbus for Sustainable Aviation. pic.twitter.com/HDmjMDmLr4— RGIA Hyderabad (@RGIAHyd) March 14, 2020
To Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Bahrain
The association will target key UAE markets such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Bahrain while entailing extension of support to the Agro Trade by achieving operational efficiencies, on-time uplift/delivery and networking. A specially designed equipment will be used for transportation of goods through the dedicated freighter aircraft of SpiceJet. Ras-Al-Khaimah International Airport would provide infrastructural and local support for the goods and facilitate the onward connection to the Middle East Countries.
There will be sustained efforts to promote the air-corridor between Telangana and neighbouring states; the United Arab Emirates and neighbouring countries with time-bound service to the agro exporters.
SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL, said, “We are proud to partner with SpiceJet and Ras-Al-Khaimah International Airport to boost the export of agro products from India to UAE and its neighbouring countries through Hyderabad. This MoU is a strategic step to foster the visionary outlook of the Govt of India, which introduced the ‘Krishi Udaan scheme’ to assist our farmers and extend all the logistic support that enables our farming products to reach global destinations. Through this endeavour, we are also collaborating with farmer associations towards enabling a perennial supply of farm products through a dedicated freighter corridor. This MoU will also create a robust advocacy platform to harness our agricultural markets and help create an entire ecosystem for exporting perishable agro products from Hyderabad.”