New cargo complex near Mumbai

Halcon – a joint venture created five years ago by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Container Corporation of India – to set up air cargo complexes, warehouses and inland container depots has recently opened its first air cargo complex at Ojhar airport, a former defence airport at Nashik, 180km from India’s commercial capital of Mumbai.


Air Cargo Agents Association of India


New cargo complex near Mumbai

Halcon – a joint venture created five years ago by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Container Corporation of India – to set up air cargo complexes, warehouses and inland container depots has recently opened its first air cargo complex at Ojhar airport, a former defence airport at Nashik, 180km from India’s commercial capital of Mumbai. The hope is that at least 25 per cent of the cargo now being handled at Mumbai airport, will be diverted to Ojhar within the next one year. Ganesh Krishnan, CEO of Clarion Solutions, which will operate the Halcon terminal, said Mumbai airport currently handles about 40,000 tonnes of cargo. “We hope to divert at least 25 per cent of that,” he said. Currently, a large volume of cargo generated out of Nashik and nearby areas is being brought to Mumbai for export. Krishnan said several dedicated air cargo operators have shown interest in starting services from Ojhar, adding that handling costs at Ojhar will be 15- 20 per cent cheaper than in Mumbai. Ojhar airport is equipped to handle aircraft as large as the AN-124 and has upgraded its equipment including a night landing system. The cargo terminal has warehouses, cold storage and other facilities and Nashik is linked by both road and rail to several manufacturing regions in the country. Besides agricultural produce, several manufacturing goods such as drugs and pharmaceuticals, automobiles, spare parts and engineering goods are exported from Nashik. Cargo operations at Mumbai airport have been constrained by various factors including inadequate space and facilities. Mumbai International Airport Ltd had promised to provide a new cargo handling facility, but this is yet to come up, said an official with the Air Cargo Agents Association of India.