Indian authority directs AAI to clear cargo 24×7

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has directed the Airport Authority of India to clear consignments on a 24x7 basis without any “restrictions” from 3 July at the Chennai airport, according to a report by the Press Trust of India.


Indian authority directs AAI to clear cargo 24x7


India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has directed the Airport Authority of India to clear consignments on a 24×7 basis without any “restrictions” from 3 July at the Chennai airport, according to a report by the Press Trust of India. Civil Aviation Secretary Ashok Lavasa gave the direction to AAI officials considering requests made by the Air Cargo Agent Association and Chennai Customs House Agents Association.

“Secretary, MoCA directed AAI to doaway with restriction and accordingly AAI has decided to implement the decision of 24×7 clearance of consignment with effect from July three, 2014”, Airport Authority of India said in a statement. Lavasa was on hand to inaugurate the Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC), the first AOCC implementation undertaken by the AAI.

The AOCC will be implemented at 10 airports – Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pune, Trivandrum, Calicut, Jaipur, Mangalore, Tiruchirapalli and Guwahati. It has been set up to handle increasing air-traffic and growing competition between airports to improve the service levels. The AOCC is planned to be manned by all stakeholders involving officials from AAI, airlines, ground handlers and security agencies, the statement said.

The solution involves the implementation of common Airport Operations Data Base (AODB) for all the 10 airports.