India’s Airports Authority ramps up cargo focus

Th e state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) is looking at focusing on the cargo segment to boost its revenues and plans to utilise its old redundant/unutilised domestic passenger terminals by converting them into cargo facilities after carrying out the necessary modifications.


India’s Airports Authority ramps up cargo focus


Th e state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) is looking at focusing on the cargo segment to boost its revenues and plans to utilise its old redundant/unutilised domestic passenger terminals by converting them into cargo facilities after carrying out the necessary modifications. Th e AAI has identified 24 domestic airports across five regions, including three civil enclaves, to develop such integrated facilities.

“AAI is venturing into the new area of domestic cargo operations with an objective to create the basic infrastructure at its airports which have potential for air cargo growth,” AAI chairman RK Srivastava told Indian media recently.

Th ere has been tremendous growth of air cargo at metro/ non-metro airports with considerable scope for improvement in the basic infrastructure to tap the potential, he said, adding that “domestic cargo grew by 10 per cent and international by five per cent last year”.

At pre sent , AAI manages international air cargo terminals at the Chennai, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Amritsar, Guwahati, Lucknow, Trichy and Mangalore airports. Domestic cargo handling is carried out at Port Blair, Coimbatore, Lucknow and Jaipur airports besides JVC- managed Air Cargo Complexes at Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Cochin and Nagpur airports. AAI is also in the advanced stage of commissioning of international air cargo handling facility at Madurai and Visakahpatnam airports.