Budget airline SpiceJet today announced the launch of operations in ‘Common User Terminal’ (CUT) provided by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) at Chennai. SpiceJet is the first and the only airline in Indian aviation to use the CUT for its cargo operations from Chennai.
SpiceJet would be engaging its Boeing 737 and Bombardier Q400s for providing the service which is currently available at Mumbai, Delhi and few other airports other than Chennai within its domestic network.
Kamal Hingorani Sr Vice President at SpiceJet said, “The new terminal will enable SpiceJet to take its service levels to greater heights as goods can now be received much closer to the departure time of the flight facilitating JIT (Just in Time) management practice and thereby reducing the cut off time to accept cargo.”
Customers now can avail cargo services at common user domestic terminal at Chennai airport to send parcels and courier packets by air instead of going in search of airline offices to book the cargo. Moreover, the common user facility would help in centralising the movement of domestic cargo and standardising costs.
“It also encourages optimum utilization of the airport infrastructure as the airline does not have to invest individually in facilities such as X-ray machines, warehouse etc but avails the same provided by the Airport Authority of India (AAI)” Hingorani added.