AFS in Chen­nai kicks off

To en­able work­ing and de­con­ges­tion at the Chen­nai air­port, the op­er­a­tions at air freight sta­tion in Chen­nai were com­menced from De­cem­ber 8, 2014 en­abling ser­vices to be ex­tended to the hin­ter­land of the state.

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An air freight sta­tion (AFS) in Chen­nai started its op­er­a­tions on De­cem­ber 8, 2014 after the idea for such a fa­cil­ity was con­cep­tu­alised seven years ago.

Hy­der­abad Men­zies Air Cargo, a joint ven­ture company be­tween GMR Hy­der­abad In­ter­na­tional Air­port Limited and London-based Men­zies Avi­a­tion Plc, started the AFS in as­so­ci­a­tion with Cen­tral Ware­hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (CWC), which was one of the first com­pa­nies to get an AFS li­cence.

The Hy­der­abad air­port will ex­tend ser­vices to its air­line cus­tomers by ex­pand­ing their hin­ter­land to Chen­nai en­abling lo­cal trade mem­bers to route their ship­ment through the Hy­der­abad air­port.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, Chen­nai is sec­ond lo­ca­tion after Nag­pur for Hy­der­abad Men­zies to start the AFS ser­vice.

The Hy­der­abad air­port will act as a fa­cil­i­ta­tor. For ex­am­ple, Turk­ish Air­lines lands in Hy­der­abad but does not fly to Chen­nai. How­ever, through the AFS fa­cil­ity, the Hy­der­abad air­port will in­tro­duce bonded truck­ing ser­vice so that ex­port cargo is moved from Chen­nai by road to Hy­der­abad ‘in bond’ and the cargo is put on board a Turk­ish Air­line.

A sim­i­lar ar­range­ment will be avail­able to im­port cargo from Hy­der­abad. The AFS was first in­tro­duced in Chen­nai to help cus­tomers take de­liv­ery of cargo in one or two days and de­con­gest the air­port. How­ever, it did not take off be­cause Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia, which has been con­trol­ling the air cargo op­er­a­tions, felt that it may lose con­trol and rev­enue if cargo is moved out to an off-dock AFS.

At present, ex­port cargo is sent by a do­mes­tic air­line from Chen­nai to Hy­der­abad and from there it is sent to an in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tion.

It is too early to com­ment on the vol­ume and the cost ben­e­fit, sources said.

Chen­nai is sec­ond lo­ca­tion after Nag­pur for Hy­der­abad Men­zies to start the AFS ser­vice op­er­a­tions from De­cem­ber 8, 2014 to de­con­gest Chen­nai Air­port

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