Pune Int’l Airport to get cargo terminal

The announcement of a new international cargo terminal at the Pune airport has been welcomed by farmers in the region, who will soon be able to save both time and money shipping their produce out from Pune.


Pune Int’l Airport to get cargo terminal


The announcement of a new international cargo terminal at the Pune airport has been welcomed by farmers in the region, who will soon be able to save both time and money shipping their produce out from Pune. In 2013 over 18,211 tonnes were shipped from Pune International Airport, underscoring the need for a dedicated cargo terminal to cope with the burgeoning volumes. An estimated 50 per cent of air cargo shipments from Mumbai airport originate 150km to the southeast in Pune.

The international cargo terminal project has been pending for the last two years and only gained traction in April this year after a delegation from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) undertook an assessment of the need for a cargo terminal at the Lohegaon airport.

“We are working to get the cargo terminal in place at the earliest. Two walk-in coolers from the Agriculture and Processed Food products Export Development Authority (APEDA) have already been positioned at the airport,” airport director, Manoj Gangal told the Mid Day newspaper. “Each has a capacity of two tonnes, while the temperature can be maintained between two and eight degrees Celsius, so that the cold chain can be maintained for perishable goods.”