First pri­vate part­ner­ship rolls out in Man­ga­lore

Man­ga­lore In­ter­na­tional Air­port (MIA) is the first to get a ded­i­cated do­mes­tic air cargo ter­mi­nal with pri­vate par­tic­i­pa­tion. AAI plans to set up such ter­mi­nals at 22 air­ports.

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“Man­ga­lore In­ter­na­tional Air­port (MIA) is the first air­port to get a ded­i­cated do­mes­tic air cargo ter­mi­nal with pri­vate par­tic­i­pa­tion. The fa­cil­ity has been op­er­a­tional since June 26, 2015. Cur­rently, apart from air­ports si­t­u­ated in the met­ros, do­mes­tic air cargo ter­mi­nals are avail­able in Coim­bat­ore, Lucknow, Jaipur, be­ing man­aged by the Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI),” says J T Rad­hakr­ishna, Air­port Di­rec­tor, MIA.

As a new ini­tia­tive, AAI plans to set up air cargo ter­mi­nals with pri­vate par­tic­i­pa­tion in 22 air­ports across coun­try, among which Vizag, Trichy and Ahemd­abad are a few to name. AAI is cur­rently in the process of is­su­ing ten­ders for the same.

How­ever, it is only Man­ga­lore that has been able to get the nec­es­sary clear­ances as yet and has started oper­a­tions of its do­mes­tic air cargo ter­mi­nal.

Rad­hakr­ishna also men­tioned that valu­able goods such as per­ish­ables, medicines, es­sen­tial ma­chin­ery parts can be freighted as air cargo, from one air­port ter­mi­nal to another in the coun­try.

Ear­lier, about 150-200 met­ric tonnes of cargo on a monthly ba­sis was trans­ported by MIA from its pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal build­ing it­self. How­ever, to avoid in­con­ve­nience to pas­sen­gers, this com­mon do­mes­tic cargo ter­mi­nal has been es­tab­lished.

Trivia : MIA has been de­signed to han­dle 100 met­ric tonnes (MT) at a time: 50 MT in ex­port and 50 MT in im­ports

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