From airports to cargo hubs
The Air Cargo Forum of India organised a seminar on ‘Transforming Indian Airports into International Cargo Hubs’ wherein key players gave their views on government, infrastructure and airline support for developing air cargo hubs.
The initiatives which have been taken by the Air Cargo Forum of India (ACFI) for the development of air cargo industry in India is noticeable. I assure all the help and cooperation from the government.
P Ashok Gajapathi Raju Union Minister of Civil Aviation,
Government of India
Sound infrastructure till the end point, rationalised policies and networking are three factors to make an efficient cargo hub. There is a need to make an end to end value chain.
We need some sort of efficiency and reduction in cost in order to make it successful.
Indana Prabhakar Rao
CEO, Delhi International Airport Private Limited
It is necessary that the produce reaches its desired destination on time. Hence, air is the best mode of transportation and air freight has a significant importance. Airlines need innovative products with an objective of reducing cost. However, it’s not about creating more infrastructure, but to improve the efficiency and bring innovation.
Infrastructure support is necessary for developing cargo hubs and here space is an important factor. We do have sufficient infrastructure but we need to change a way to measure things so as to use it efficiently.
Venkata Reddy Chairman, ACFI, Bengaluru Chapter & CEO,
Menzies Aviation Bobba Bangalore
I would like to ask Air Cargo Forum of India (ACFI) to submit industry’s three important issues before MoCA for its active consideration. Three points would be way better than a wishlist.
Renu Singh Parmar Economic Advisor, Ministry of Civil Aviation,
Government of India
Here the question is how and what can be done to convert Indian airports into international sky cargo hub. An integrated multi-modal hub should include connectivity as well as accommodation and other services. It is essential that related sectors such as access to manufacture, business, and tourism and pilgrim centres are also developed.
Airline support is necessary in the development of air cargo hubs, but they cannot work independently. We need to work strategically. From airline point of view, to develop hubs, infrastructure at the smaller airports has to be developed in tandem growth with the capacity.
Executive Director – Cargo, Air India
It’s a myth that India has lack of infrastructure, the need is to use the available infrastructure efficiently. ‘Make in India’ would never be successful if cargo is sitting outside. Thus, customs should play a role only when cargo is moving out of the terminal, thereby reducing the turnaround time.
Vice President, ACFI & Chairman, DCSC