24 airports to get dedicated domestic cargo terminals

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has identified 24 airports in the country for the development of dedicated air cargo terminals, like those at Coimbatore, Thrissur and Mangalore in order to establish a national logistics network for faster movement of goods.


24 airports to get dedicated domestic cargo terminals


The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has identified 24 airports in the country for the development of dedicated air cargo terminals, like those at Coimbatore, Thrissur and Mangalore in order to establish a national logistics network for faster movement of goods.

Similarly the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad has been designated for development as a dedicated domestic air cargo terminal by the Civil Aviation Ministry under the Union government’s plan to expand domestic air connectivity, according to Indian media reports.

R. K. Singh, director of the airport, said: “Currently, one or two non-scheduled cargo flights land at Ahmedabad in a week. The dedicated cargo terminal will require infrastructure development, including inventory capacity building.”

The airport handled 51,637 tonnes of cargo, including gold and silver in 2013-14 with over 60 per cent of cargo coming from the domestic sector. Cargo handling at the city airport is managed by Gujarat State Export Corporation Limited (GSECL).

All operational airports in the country jointly handled two million tonnes of cargo, including 1.4 tonnes of international and 800,000 tonnes of domestic cargo in 2013-14, registering a four per cent rise over the previous year.