Cargo ac­tiv­i­ties at AAI air­ports

AAI is set to kick off the growth this year with var­i­ous plans and pro­grammes in its list. The re­cent ac­tiv­i­ties and achieve­ments of AAI per­tain­ing to air cargo move­ment por­tray the new face of the public sec­tor un­der­tak­ing.

Cargo Talk - - Aviation - CT BUREAU

Stage set to fi­nalise the pri­vate agency for Vizag air­port

The Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia (AAI) is all set to fi­nalise a pri­vate agency for man­age­ment and op­er­a­tion of the do­mes­tic air cargo ter­mi­nal at Visakha­p­at­nam Air­port. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, the author­ity is seek­ing Cus­toms fa­cil­ity for han­dling cargo bound for in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions. The fa­cil­ity will be built around 407 sqm which will carry out cargo han­dling op­er­a­tions in the old air­port ter­mi­nal build­ing. Fur­ther, an open-paved sur­face of 400 sqm will be handed over for fa­cil­i­tat­ing air cargo move­ment. The agency will be al­lowed to han­dle do­mes­tic cargo for five years, af­ter which a two-year ex­ten­sion can be given if AAI agrees. The ten­ders have been floated for se­lect­ing the agency to han­dle do­mes­tic cargo and it will get fi­nalised soon. Once the agency is fi­nalised, all the op­er­a­tions will be han­dled by it.

Cur­rently, around four tonnes of cargo is be­ing han­dled on the do­mes­tic routes with ma­jor­ity be­ing moved to ei­ther Chen­nai or Kolkata. Mean­while, the Cus­toms fa­cil­ity for han­dling in­ter­na­tional cargo is likely to take an­other three to four months. The air­port is ex­pect­ing a spike in han­dling of cargo, es­pe­cially per­ish­able goods and pharma prod­ucts, which are cur­rently be­ing ex­ported by com­pa­nies in the re­gion through Hy­der­abad or Chen­nai.

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