Indore air­port to get do­mes­tic air cargo fa­cil­ity

The Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia (AAI) has re­ceived bids from five com­pa­nies for the li­cense to run the do­mes­tic air cargo fa­cil­ity, which would also in­clude a cold stor­age area for stock­ing per­ish­able goods such as fruits, veg­eta­bles, flow­ers and pro­cesse

Cargo Talk - - Airport -

The Indore air­port is soon to get its own air cargo fa­cil­ity with five com­pa­nies send­ing their bids to the Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia (AAI) for the li­cense to run it.

Manoj Chan­so­ria, Di­rec­tor, Indore Air­port said, “Once the con­tract is awarded, the suc­cess­ful bid­der will have 90 days time to launch the cargo fa­cil­ity, so it should be­come op­er­a­tional in about three months.”

The com­mon user do­mes­tic air cargo ter­mi­nal will make it eas­ier for com­pa­nies in the re­gion to ship goods, es­pe­cially per­ish­able goods, to other parts of the coun­try. “A por­tion of the old ter­mi­nal build­ing, about 500 sqm, has been ear­marked for the do­mes­tic cargo ter­mi­nal. As per rough es­ti­mates, the ter­mi­nal should han­dle about 20-22 tonnes of cargo daily,” he added.

The suc­cess­ful bid­der of the ten­der will have to pay a fixed li­cense fee of 5.24 lakh per month apart from util­ity charges and roy­alty, as ap­pli­ca­ble.

The air­port had last month launched a tempo- rary cargo ser­vice by set­ting up a com­mon user cargo ter­mi­nal, which was used by pas­sen­ger air­lines to carry small amounts of cargo on board. Air­lines are al­lowed to ac­cept book­ings to ship cargo af­ter ar­rang­ing for an op­er­a­tor for the ship­ment. A tem­po­rary cargo of­fice has also been set up in the new ter­mi­nal build­ing.

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