Air cargo: Steps to growth

The Do­mes­tic Air Cargo Agents As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (DACAAI) re­cently or­gan­ised its fifth an­nual con­ven­tion at Hol­i­day Inn Ae­roc­ity. In­dus­try ex­perts talked about sev­eral is­sues and chal­lenges and dis­cussed how the sec­tor's ef­fi­ciency could be im­proved.

Cargo Talk - - Report - CT BUREAU

There are var­i­ous in­dus­tries that are de­pen­dent on air cargo such as per­ish­ables and high value goods. Th­ese re­quire just-in-time de­liv­ery. Here lies the busi­ness op­por­tu­nity for the air cargo mar­ket but the ques­tion is–are we ready to serve th­ese sec­tors? The gov­ern­ment un­der­stands the is­sues of dwell time, con­ges­tion and in­fra­struc­ture and is work­ing proac­tively with trade part­ners.

Dr Ma­hesh Sharma Min­is­ter of State (In­de­pen­dent Charge) for Cul­ture, Tourism and MoS for Civil Avi­a­tion The growth in the do­mes­tic air cargo sec­tor is tak­ing place be­cause of sev­eral ini­tia­tives by the gov­ern­ment, be it the im­pend­ing GST, the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive or the de­vel­op­ment of cargo ter­mi­nals in air­ports across the coun­try. How­ever, we need to en­sure that growth comes from out-ofthe-box think­ing. There are many chal­lenges but ev­ery chal­lenge it­self is an op­por­tu­nity. We need to take steps so that the four met­ro­pol­i­tan cities be­come tran­ship­ment hubs. Sahil Me­hta

Di­rec­tor Sovika Group We work with seven min­istries and this is a chal­lenge. We can­not build in­fra­struc­ture for the trans­porta­tion in­dus­try in iso­la­tion–th­ese are not hos­pi­tals or schools. Un­til and un­less there is col­lab­o­ra­tion, noth­ing can be done for pas­sen­ger trans­port or cargo. There is a need for mul­ti­modal trans­port. The is­sue is not just of in­fra­struc­ture but of qual­ity in­fra­struc­ture and de­sign. There has to be a plan for sound in­fra­struc­ture. De­vel­op­ment starts with the gov­ern­ment. Tushar Jani Chair­man

CSC The do­mes­tic air cargo sec­tor is grow­ing. Con­sid­er­ing the po­ten­tial for the growth of air cargo in In­dia, the gov­ern­ment is tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion by pro­vid­ing cargo fa­cil­i­ties in tier II and tier III cities. This ini­tia­tive will definitely fa­cil­i­tate growth in this sec­tor. Suraj Agar­wal Pres­i­dent DACAAI There are many chal­lenges. Th­ese in­clude skills, in­fra­struc­ture at air­ports, de­signs of air­port, mul­ti­modal con­nec­tiv­ity, land ac­qui­si­tion and tech­nol­ogy and air­port ca­pac­ity, Con­sol­i­da­tion is go­ing to af­fect the in­dus­try in a big way. In­fra­struc­ture is a ma­jor is­sue. But who will de­liver this in­fra­struc­ture? I would like to urge the in­dus­try to sen­si­tise the gov­ern­ment about th­ese prob­lems. Kapil Kaul CEO CAPA Do we have enough in­fra­struc­ture to cater to the re­quire­ments of the air cargo in­dus­try? The needs are many, ter­mi­nals should have au­to­ma­tion. The ter­mi­nal should not only be able to han­dle the through­put but also vol­ume, es­pe­cially at peak times. We have to re­duce dwell time, oth­er­wise other modes are there to take air cargo’s place and to serve the needs of the cus­tomers. Gau­rav Ghuwale­wala Vice Pres­i­dent


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