Pune’s cargo will suffer from AAI surcharge

The Airport Authority of India’s (AAI) decision to levy a 36.3 per cent charge for the use of the docking area at Pune airport from 1 April has airlines up in arms.


Pune’s cargo will suffer from AAI surcharge


The Airport Authority of India’s (AAI) decision to levy a 36.3 per cent charge for the use of the docking area at Pune airport from 1 April has airlines up in arms.

All six airlines engaged in cargo operations at Pune airport – Indigo, Spice Jet, Go Air, Air India and Jet Airways – have opposed the charge, which will be levied on each airline’s annual gross turnover (GTO) and say that it will hurt cargo business in Pune.

“The air cargo business at Pune airport was developed by the airlines though years of toil even though no proper facility for the growth of the business has been made available by AAI.

Airlines have, at times, air-lifted cargo at no profit to support the cause of trade, commerce and industry in Pune,” said Dhairyashil Vandekar, chairman Pune Airline Operations Committee (PAOC), which has all six airlines as members.

“AAI has provided covered sheds and go downs to airlines for carrying out their cargo operations, for which the airlines are already paying them. When these covered areas have been provided to airlines by AAI, it is their duty to provide a docking area for transporters to have access to these offices and for loading/ unloading of cargo.” added Vandekar.