Boost to In­dian airspace

Cargo Talk - - Air Cargo -

A num­ber of de­vel­op­men­tal steps for the avi­a­tion sec­tor have been put forth in the An­nual Bud­get.

The Union Bud­get-2014 has brought sev­eral sweep­ing de­vel­op­ments for the In­dian avi­a­tion in­dus­try. The govern­ment plans to de­velop a na­tional lo­gis­tics net­work, which will re­flect pos­i­tively on the do­mes­tic cargo ter­mi­nals. This move re­in­forces the im­por­tance of air cargo in­fra­struc­ture in the coun­try. The Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia has iden­ti­fied 24 air­ports for the devel­op­ment of do­mes­tic cargo ter­mi­nals.

The key projects are:

Min­istry of Avi­a­tion has fast­tracked the cre­ation of air freight sta­tions ( AFS) to han­dle air cargo. AFS will fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess of in­ter­na­tional air cargo ac­tiv­i­ties into man­u­fac­tur­ing and con­sump­tion. It will also help in de­con­gest­ing air cargo ter­mi­nals. Ad­vance in­for­ma­tion about Cus­toms will now be made avail­able, which will not only cut down trans­ac­tion costs for the com­pa­nies, but also im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness. 200 low- cost air­ports are be­ing planned in Tier- II and Tier- III cities in the next 20 years to en­hance air con­nec­tiv­ity. Green­field air­port pol­icy is to be im­ple­mented by the govern­ment to build 15 ad­di­tional air­ports.

As en­vi­sioned in the Union Bud­get, the govern­ment aims to bring about monumental changes in the In­dian avi­a­tion sec­tor. Bet­ter air­port in­fra­struc­ture and in­creased con­nec­tiv­ity are among its top pri­or­i­ties.

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