SpiceXpress starts freighter service to Pittsburgh International Airport
After welcoming recent cargo flights from Bangladesh, Hong Kong and South Korea, Pittsburgh International Airport added a new shipping partner from Asia this week.
SpiceXpress, India’s cargo airline, landed its first-ever flight in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, followed by another on Friday. They are the first of 40 planned cargo flights that will arrive from Vietnam to Pittsburgh this year.
“We are delighted to partner with Pittsburgh International Airport as the preferred hub for SpiceXpress to provide an enhanced customer experience,” said CEO Sanjiv Gupta.
The twice-weekly service delivering garments from Asia is the latest route to join PIT’s growing and diverse roster of air cargo partners.
The airport currently hosts twice-weekly cargo flights on Qatar Airways, along with daily flights from Amazon Air, FedEx and UPS, in addition to shorter but well-received stints from airlines like Finnair and Volga Dnepr. Cathay Pacific and National Airlines Cargo are also regular visitors to Pittsburgh International Airport. Airport officials cited the large cargo gains over the past year. Total cargo through May is up 17 percent from the same period last year.
“Our cargo strategy is continuing to benefit the logistics industry and the Pittsburgh region by focusing on speed, efficiency and ease of moving air freight through our airport. SpiceXpress’ arrival in Pittsburgh aligns with our mission of increasing the role airport communities such as PIT play in solving shipping issues and delays,” said Bryan Dietz, vice president, Air Service Development for PIT. “Air cargo and logistics providers see the value we can offer them, and we’re excited to partner with SpiceXpress from one of the world’s most industrious nations.”