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.

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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.

Rafeeque Ahmed

Pres­i­dent, FIEO

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.

Pradeep Pan­icker

Pres­i­dent, ACFI

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.

San­jiv Ku­mar

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.

Tushar Jani

Vice Pres­i­dent, ACFI & Chair­man, DCSC

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