Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru registers 15% growth in cargo traffic
Kempegowda international airport, bengaluru registers RaTan KR Paul
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.
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’.
Managing Director, BIAL