24 Indian airports up for cargo development

Highlighting the importance of air cargo infrastructure in the country, India’s Secretary for Civil Aviation, Ashok Lavasa, directed that plans are to be drawn up to develop domestic cargo terminals throughout the country in sync with the Government’s plan for development of domestic air cargo facilities and development of a national logistics network for faster movement of cargo goods.


24 Indian airports up for cargo development


Highlighting the importance of air cargo infrastructure in the country, India’s Secretary for Civil Aviation, Ashok Lavasa, directed that plans are to be drawn up to develop domestic cargo terminals throughout the country in sync with the Government’s plan for development of domestic air cargo facilities and development of a national logistics network for faster movement of cargo goods.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) recently established a cargo facility at Mangalore airport with an area of 1,400 sqm for international cargo and 1,100 sqm for domestic cargo thereby providing an annual holding capacity of 5,000 tonnes for international import cargo, 13,000 tonnes for export cargo, 18,000 tonnes for domestic in-bound cargo and 21,000 tonnes for domestic out-bound cargo.

The AAI said that in all, 24 airports have been identified for development of such domestic cargo terminals. The Ministry of Civil Aviation had setup a working group to study the air cargo logistics in India and had released the report in May 2012. The report envisages that there is strong relationship between growth in international trade and logistics infrastructure. During the year 2013-14, all operational airports taken together handled 2.28 million tonnes of cargo (1.4 million tonnes of international and 800,000 tonnes of domestic) – an increase of four per cent over the previous year.