EU likely to block flights from Chennai airport

Airports Authority of India (AAI) is yet to set up a system to scan cargo consignments and load freighters as per EU specifications in Chennai though the air cargo complex was modernised as part of an airport expansion project.


EU likely to block flights from Chennai airport


Airports Authority of India (AAI) is yet to set up a system to scan cargo consignments and load freighters as per EU specifications in Chennai though the air cargo complex was modernised as part of an airport expansion project.

Every week, cargo is exported in four or five freighters and more than 40 passenger flights from Chennai to Europe. This makes up 30 per cent of total cargo handled at the airport. “We have floated tenders but the procedures are not complete. We hope to install six new X-ray machines by June,” said a senior official.

In 2012, EU issued notifications for freighters from non-EU countries to maintain certain security standards before the cargo is loaded in the aircraft and in July the EU’s ACC3 security regime will come into effect meaning that carriers must get facilities they use outside of the EU audited to ensure proper security measures and procedures are in place.

The X-ray scanning machines used in Chennai, however, are outdated. “They are more than a decade old and don’t give the resolution prescribed by the EU. We are told that the new machines with three dimensional scanning options will arrive soon,” said an operational staff at the air cargo terminal.