SpiceJet today launched seasonal freighter services to Leh, capital of Ladakh, to ensure that essential supplies and cargo are delivered during the winter months.
SpiceXpress, the cargo arm of the Indian airline, will deploy its Boeing 737 freighter on this route, with the first freighter flight from Delhi to Leh carrying 13 tonnes of supplies.
The new flights launched are seasonal and will operate during the winter months when surface transportation is disrupted due to adverse weather conditions, the carrier noted.
“Our flight services are especially significant considering the extreme weather conditions during winter months when temperatures fall below sub-zero levels hampering the movement of essential supplies and cargo for the local populace and administration in Leh,” explained SpiceJet’s chairrman and managing director, Ajay Singh.
The dedicated cargo flights will help transport fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, perishables, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and general cargo.
SpiceJet said it is the first and only airline to have dedicated freighter flights to Leh, the largest town of the union territory of Ladakh. The area, situated at an altitude of 3,524 metres (11,562 ft), is primarily dominated by a mountainous landscape and has been the subject of dispute between India, Pakistan, and China for more than half a century.