SpiceJet on Monday, June 13 announced that it has secured RA3 (Regulated Agent Third country) and ACC3 (Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport) certifications.
The certifications will allow SpiceJet to not only transport mail and cargo on its airplanes under its Air Operator Permit but also handle cargo and mail of other airlines for transporting to or via the European Union and the United Kingdom, airline officials said.
“These certifications are an attestation of our commitment to aviation safety and adherence to the highest and most stringent security standards in our operations. The new certifications will help SpiceJet gain new business opportunities from international airlines, freight forwarders, cargo agents, international couriers as it allows us to seamlessly carry cargo both to and via the European Union and the United Kingdom.”Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet
SpiceJet successfully cleared stringent cargo security audit and on-site verification to check compliance with the latest standards in European Union and the United Kingdom.
ACC3 and RA3 are supply chain security initiatives designed by the European Union to secure and regulate inbound air cargo and mail coming in from other countries.
Currently, the airline’s operations at airports in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Ahmedabad and Kochi are ACC3 certified for both EU and the UK. Kolkata is certified for EU operations and is expected to receive certification for UK operations soon.
Similarly, SpiceJet operations at Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Kochi airports are RA3 certified for both EU and the UK while the airport in Goa is RA3 certified for EU and will soon be certified for the UK.
Air carriers that fly cargo or mail from a non-EU airport to an EU airport (ACC3) must ensure that all cargo and mail carried to the EU is physically screened or comes from a secure supply chain which is validated according to the EU regulations.
SpiceXpress is an Indian cargo carrier headquartered in Delhi. The carrier is a dedicated cargo subsidiary of SpiceJet, operating international and domestic services to destinations worldwide using narrowbody equipment.
It is the first scheduled domestic airline to launch dedicated air cargo services in India. SpiceJet acquired a Boeing 737-700F on an operating lease for the cargo carrier. SpiceXpress launched service operations in September 2018, with a Delhi-Bengaluru service.
In November 2021, SpiceJet chairman and MD Ajay Singh reported the LCC expects to complete the process of transferring its cargo and logistics services on a slump sale basis to its subsidiary SpiceXpress by the end of 2021.
Mr Singh said SpiceXpress will commence operations as a separate entity in January 2022. The logistics arm has a network that spans over 68 domestic and over 110 international destinations including the US, Europe and Africa.
The expansion of the cargo business remains crucial for the airline as in a pandemic hit global environment, the cargo operations have significantly aided the revenues of the airline. In Oct-Dec, cargo revenues contributed 35% to overall revenues compared to 22% in the year-ago period of the airline.