Kem­pe­gowda In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Ben­galuru reg­is­ters 15% growth in cargo traf­fic

Kem­pe­gowda in­ter­na­tional air­port, ben­galuru reg­is­ters RaTan KR Paul

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Ac­cord­ing to San­jay Reddy, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, BIAL; In­dia is in a good po­si­tion to­day with in­creased use of tech­nol­ogy, air­port and cargo in­fra­struc­ture on par with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, en­hanced freight and freighter ca­pac­ity, and sig­nif­i­cant gov­ern­ment and cus­toms sup­port.

in Reddy’s opin­ion, the rel­a­tive sta­bil­ity of the econ­omy post the 2009 down­turn is re­flected in the air cargo in­dus­try, which has grown in terms of to­tal tonne trans­ported over the pre­vi­ous cal­en­dar year. “In fact, ac­cord­ing to the Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia, av­er­age freight tonnes/kilo­me­tre (AFTK) ca­pac­ity for In­dia has in­creased from Asia-Pa­cific, Africa and Europe, open­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties for air-freight,” he pointed out. To give a global per­spec­tive, Reddy high­lighted IATA fig­ures that project two per cent growth in air cargo traf­fic in 2013, com­pared to a drop of 1.1 per cent in 2012. In com­par­i­son, the to­tal tonne trans­ported from In­dia (ex­port and im­port) for FY 2013-14 (up to Septem­ber 2013), stood at 1,102,165.

Reddy in­formed that Kem­pe­gowda In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Ben­galuru wit­nessed a 15 per cent YTD growth vs 2012 in to­tal tonne car­ried, led by ini­tia­tives to re­duce dwell times at cargo fa­cil­i­ties at this air­port and col­lab­o­ra­tive mea­sures to boost and sim­plify busi­ness for ship­pers across South In­dia. “Growth and pos­i­tive im­port-ex­port bal­ance from Western\ East­ern na­tions con­tin­ues to be en­cour­ag­ing for in­dus­tries and ex­porters in Ben­galuru and parts of In­dia,” he said.

Reddy ob­served that the grow­ing strength and de­mand for In­dia’s in­dus­trial ca­pa­bil­i­ties is also cre­at­ing new sup­ply chain op­por­tu­ni­ties. “Kem­pe­gowda In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Ben­galuru is a one-stop so­lu­tion to­day for ship­pers in pharma, tex­tiles and engineering, as we can as­sist them in reach­ing South In­dia as one en­tity” he em­pha­sized.

Ex­pec­ta­tions from 2014

Reddy was of the opin­ion that the air freight in­dus­try glob­ally and in In­dia looks pos­i­tive in 2014. “In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund ( IMF) has fore­casted pos­i­tive growth of three per cent in 2014 vs. 2013 for goods ex­ported from dif­fer­ent coun­tries. Europe’s re­cov­ery and strength­en­ing of the US pri­vate sec­tor are pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments for the global econ­omy. In In­dia, in­dus­tries like engineering, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, tex­tiles, per­ish­ables and auto an­cil­lar­ies are ex­pected to grow,” he ex­plained.

He also main­tained that im­proved in­fra­struc­ture for the air freight sup­ply chain has con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the in­dus­try’s growth. Pri­va­tised air­ports and cargo in­fra­struc­ture, bet­ter con­nec­tiv­ity to in­dus­trial ar­eas from gate­way air­ports, in­creased fre­quen­cies, newer play­ers and cus­toms sup­port play a key role in driv­ing the sec­tor.

BIAL is fo­cused on mak­ing Kem­pe­gowda In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Ben­galuru the Gate­way to South In­dia – from a pas­sen­ger and cargo point of view. “We have in­vested sub­stan­tially to de­velop cargo in­fra­struc­ture with state-of-the-art cargo ter­mi­nals for faster turn­around,” said Reddy.

The air­port re­cently in­au­gu­rated seven new ded­i­cated freighter air­craft bays, with cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy to achieve the high­est lev­els of op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency and ser­vice. BIAL is also eval­u­at­ing a ded­i­cated per­ish­able cargo fa­cil­ity. “With the aim of im­prov­ing con­nec­tiv­ity via Ban­ga­lore to var­i­ous lo­ca­tions across the re­gion, re­duc­ing dwell time of to­tal air cargo sup­ply chain and achiev­ing ease of trade through BIAL, we are in con­tin­u­ous con­ver­sa­tion with stake­hold­ers, gov­ern­ment bod­ies, air­lines, freight for­warders and other en­ti­ties,” Reddy con­cluded. We con­tinue to en­gage trade bod­ies in South In­dia to stay abreast of in­dus­try re­quire­ments and align them with our strat­egy.

Achieve­ments

Men­zies Avi­a­tion Bobba Ban­ga­lore Cargo Ter­mi­nal was re­cently cer­ti­fied with IATA’s Se­cu­rity Au­dit for Ground Op­er­a­tions. In fact, BIAL was re­cently recog­nised with two ma­jor in­dus­try awards as `Best Cargo Air­port at the South East Cargo & Lo­gis­tics Awards 2013’ and 2nd Run­ner up for `Best Cargo Air­port 2013 by ACAAI’.

San­jay Reddy

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, BIAL

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