Cargo busi­ness will grow: Rad­hakr­ish­nan

Cargo Talk - - Front Page - KALPANA LOHUMI

Among the 22 air­ports se­lected by Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI) as do­mes­tic cargo ter­mi­nals, Man­ga­lore is the first one to re­ceive clear­ance from Bureau of Civil Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity of In­dia (BCAS). JT Rad­hakr­ish­nan, Di­rec­tor, Man­ga­lore In­ter­na­tional Air­port talks to CARGOTALK about how tier-II cities can ben­e­fit with this ini­tia­tive.

Q Man­ga­lore In­ter­na­tional Air­port (MIA) is the first among the 22 air­ports se­lected by AAI to start do­mes­tic cargo ter­mi­nal. How do you feel about it?

MIA has com­menced its do­mes­tic cargo ter­mi­nal oper­a­tions on June 26, 2015. As of now, no cargo flight is op­er­at­ing to and from the ter­mi­nal, all the cargo is go­ing in the belly space of the pas­sen­ger’s flight. This do­mes­tic cargo ter­mi­nal will en­hance the air cargo ser­vices at tier II cities, as most of the busi­ness takes place there.

We are the first air­port to get clear­ance for do­mes­tic air cargo ter­mi­nal for which yard­sticks like se­cu­rity were con­sid­ered. When the ten­der process was go­ing on in other air­ports, we had fi­nalised the agency and ob­tained the clear­ances from BCAS. Cargo Ser­vice Cen­tre (CSC), the ground han­dling com­pany had al­ready com­menced the op­er­a­tion of do­mes­tic cargo ter­mi­nal.

We have around 15-16 flights in a day and till the mid of July, we have al­ready crossed more than 200 met­ric tonnes by the pas­sen­ger flight belly cargo. Once the vol­ume goes up, we are ex­pect­ing more freighters in the ter­mi­nal that will en­hance the cargo ca­pac­ity. This ter­mi­nal is specif­i­cally for do­mes­tic oper­a­tions; in­ter­na­tional cargo busi­ness will be done from the in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal only.

Q What was the pro­ce­dure for be­ing the ground han­dler for this new ter­mi­nal?

It was all based on ten­der. We have in­vited bids for a pro­ject and granted the con­tract of ground han­dling to Cargo Ser­vice Cen­tre (CSC) as we have re­ceived the best quotes from the com­pany.

Q What se­cu­rity mea­sures are you pro­vid­ing to cargo in the ter­mi­nal?

All se­cu­rity mea­sures like X-ray, screen­ing, CCTV, high den­sity cam­eras are there for cargo.

Q Which sec­tors are you fo­cus­ing on to in­crease busi­ness?

eCom­merce has the po­ten­tial to in­crease the im­port and ex­port, and in few years air cargo will at­tract more busi­ness from this sec­tor. This is what we are plan­ning to tap into.

Left: JT Rad­hakr­ish­nan, Di­rec­tor, MIA, ex­treme right: Tushar Jani, Chair­man, CSC

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