Air India abandons cargo hub plans at Nagpur

Uneconomic nature of cargo business prompted shelving plan, says India’s minister of civil aviation


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Ajit Singh, India’s minister of civil aviation informed Parliament in a written reply, that national carrier Air India’s proposal to set up a cargo hub at Nagpur had been shelved for the present. The move was based on the planned operation of Air India’s cargo freighter fleet. Since Air India has decided to dispose off six B737-200 freighter aircraft, the proposal for the cargo hub at Nagpur was being abandoned. In fact, a tender has been floated for the sale of the six B 737-200s.

The proposed hub at Nagpur had been shelved because of the highly uneconomic nature of the cargo business operated by the Air India fleet.