I Air­port ca­pac­ity: DIAL continues build­ing up in 2014

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IGI Air­port, Delhi, has chalked out am­bi­tious plans for cargo op­er­a­tions. Mean­while, the air­port im­ple­mented sev­eral new fa­cil­i­ties for the con­ve­nience of ship­pers and car­ri­ers. San­jiv Ed­ward, Head, DIAL Cargo spoke to

Car­gotalk on the re­cent de­vel­op­ments and ex­pec­ta­tions from the year 2014.

ed­ward main­tained that due to eco­nomic con­di­tions, cargo growth world­wide has not been en­cour­ag­ing in the past and the im­pact has been vis­i­ble at the na­tional level also. There have been in­stances of neg­a­tive growth as well, and there­fore mar­ket con­di­tions are pretty tough to op­er­ate in. In In­dian con­text, this is com­pounded by facts such as ex­change rate fluc­tu­a­tions, ris­ing in­put costs, slower than the ex­pected GDP growth.

“In spite of these chal­lenges we at Delhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port have been able to reg­is­ter growth num­bers in in­ter­na­tional as well as on do­mes­tic cargo,” main­tained Ed­ward. At Delhi Air­port, ex­ports have risen by 11 per cent from 2012, do­mes­tic out­bound has grown up by 21 per cent, and trans­ship­ment has gone up by 25 per cent.

“We are thank­ful to our cus­tomers who have re­sponded ex­tremely pos­i­tively to the de­vel­op­ments we have made in our in­fra­struc­ture and pro­cesses in bring­ing world stan­dard prac­tices. We are con­stantly aim­ing to of­fer high­est lev­els of ser­vice to our cus­tomer to give them the com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage and eco­nomic value, which be­comes more im­por­tant in tough mar­ket con­di­tions,” said Ed­ward.

The DIAL cargo head is op­ti­mistic that the air­port would see resur­gence in eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity this year, which will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on air cargo. He pointed out that the US econ­omy has shown strong signs of turn­around and this would stim­u­late some of its trade lanes and some economies in EU might come on the re­vival path with UK, Ger­many, Ire­land, etc. “We have just started to see some pos­i­tive eco­nomic trends while emerg­ing economies like Poland main­tain­ing

a healthy growth thereby giv­ing the in­dus­try newer op­por­tu­nity to do busi­ness. UAE is also ex­pected to see healthy growth in its eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment,” he high­lighted. Ac­cord­ing to him, all this would likely to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on In­dia’s econ­omy as well and there­fore the in­dus­try would see stronger de­mand for lo­gis­tic ser­vices in times to come, giv­ing push to cre­at­ing sus­tain­able value in Sup­ply Chain.

Ed­ward is also ex­pect­ing the do­mes­tic air cargo busi­ness to do well, pri­mar­ily driven by the e-com­merce.

“We are quite pos­i­tive on our cargo growth plans. Delhi has been recog­nised by IATA as the first and only air­port cur­rently to be e-freight com­pli­ant. We be­lieve the IT will play a ma­jor role in re­duc­ing the pro­cess­ing time. We have al­ready im­ple­mented sev­eral ini­tia­tives eg. elec­tronic LEO, pa­per­less ac­cep­tance, etc. The cus­tomers are al­ready ben­e­fit­ing from this op­er­a­tional ex­cel­lence,” said Ed­ward.

Ed­ward com­mended Cus­toms for im­ple­men­ta­tion of 24x7 cus­toms clear­ance. He stressed that DIAL is com­mit­ted to sup­port any ini­tia­tive that will bring in global prac­tices in In­dia like – ac­tual 24x7 air­port op­er­a­tions, ad­e­quate pro­cess­ing ca­pac­ity (cur­rently, it is in ex­cess of pro­cess­ing 1.5 MT per an­num), cre­ation of prod­uct lines like Pharma/ Per­ish­able Zone with ex­treme tem­per­a­ture zones and main­tain­ing cool chain from con­signor to con­signee, Air Freight Sta­tions, road-feeder ser­vice, Cargo Vil­lage, and Cargo Com­mu­nity Sys­tem. “We will con­tinue to work with in­dus­try to ful­fill their needs and pro­vide ser­vice as per their re­quire­ments and giv­ing them cut­ting edge in their quest for ser­vice and cost ad­van­tage,” he added.

We are quite pos­i­tive on our cargo growth plans. Delhi has been recog­nised

by IATA as the first and only air­port cur­rently to be

e-freight com­pli­ant”

San­jiv Ed­ward Head, DIAL Cargo

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