INDIA: Indian cargo volumes surpass gov’t forecasts

International cargo volume increased 10 per cent to 1.2 billion tonnes for the year compared to 2008-09, falling below government expectations by 9 per cent to 1.4 billion tonnes, a shortfall attributed to the global downturn, according to the Airports Authority of India (AAI). India’s domestic air cargo volume has increased 25 per cent in […]


International cargo volume increased 10 per cent to 1.2 billion tonnes for the year compared to 2008-09, falling below government expectations by 9 per cent to 1.4 billion tonnes, a shortfall attributed to the global downturn, according to the Airports Authority of India (AAI). India’s domestic air cargo volume has increased 25 per cent in 2009-10 to 691 million tonnes from 552 million tonnes the year before, surpassing government forecasts of 686 million tonnes. AAI has predicted a 10 per cent annual growth in international cargo traffic for the next five years, while it expects a 15 per cent increase in the first two years for domestic cargo and 12 per cent in the subsequent years. The authority is also planning integrated cargo terminals at Port Blair Airport, Srinagar Airport, Surat Airport, Pune Airport, Patna Airport and other small airports.