aaI will create capacity despite present slowdown in traffic
commenting on the sluggish air cargo traffic figures in 2012-13 for both domestic and international operation at Indian airports, DP Singh, ED (Consultancy & Coordination and Corporate Planning & Management Services) maintained that these showed the impact of overall economic slowdown. In this financial year, international and domestic cargo traffic decreased by 4.2 and 3.4 per cent respectively. About the growth in 2013-14, he said, “If we analyse the present trends, we can see another year of negative results. However, I am confident that our airports will be able to give the required push to the figure as soon the market improves.” Meanwhile, the AAI has chalked out several plans to develop the airport infrastructure across the country, including air cargo infrastructure. “AAI will continue its infrastructure initiatives, irrespective of present market scenario. Already the Ministry of Civil Aviation has given in-principle approval to 15 more new airports across the country. In addition, site clearance has been given for five more airports,” he pointed out. These airports will be built jointly by AAI and private players.