India’s first private air freight station set to open

Aimed at relieving the long winding queues of cargo near the airport gateways, Indev Air Freight Station, India’s first private air freight station (AFS,) has announced it will begin operations on 1 August. Spread over an area of around 1,858 sqm near Chennai the AFS is an off-terminal facility where all import formalities can be completed.


Aimed at relieving the long winding queues of cargo near the airport gateways, Indev Air Freight Station, India’s first private air freight station (AFS,) has announced it will begin operations on 1 August. Spread over an area of around 1,858 sqm near Chennai the AFS is an off-terminal facility where all import formalities can be completed.

The facility which was awarded its license three years back, but was delayed due to lack of EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) connectivity, is commencing its operation from 1 August.

“The unit loads or ULDs will be moved directly from aircraft to bonded trucks and those will be moved to the facility where all similar operations to what is available at airport will be provided. The customs officers will be present there round the clock to do the entire formalities, including the online filing, assessment, inspection and delivery,” said Xavier Britto, chairman, Indev AFS.

While Chennai airport boasts of a capacity to handle five million tonnes of cargo, the lack of infrastructure at the airport to handle the growing cargo traffic has resulted in congestion and increased costs. “Madras airport lost out a lot of cargo because of congestion and inefficient ways of handling. Some of the clients have gone to Hyderabad, most of them have gone to Bangalore,” noted Britto.