New unit for cargo by AAI

Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia has de­cided to start a dif­fer­ent com­pany to han­dle cargo. It has en­gaged RITES to help in the busi­ness model for smaller air­ports.

Cargo Talk - - Aircargo -

The Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI) is plan­ning to set up a com­pany to han­dle cargo. AAI is bet­ting on the growth of the air cargo move­ment, as In­dia em­barks on im­prov­ing re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity us­ing smaller planes. It has en­gaged RITES, a state-run in­fra­struc­ture con­sul­tant, to help with a busi­ness model for the new en­tity.

R K Sri­vas­tava, Chair­man, AAI said, “The cargo busi­ness has not been at­tended to in the last 60-70 years. There are more op­por­tu­ni­ties in this busi­ness. RITES will sub­mit the pro­posal and then we will de­cide upon the busi­ness model.”

AAI es­ti­mates pas­sen­ger traf­fic to dou­ble to 380 mil­lion in seven years. This might also lead to an in­crease in cargo move­ment in smaller towns. The govern­ment plans to upgrade the 400-odd un­used airstrips built in the early 20th cen­tury, dur­ing World War II, for re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity.

The draft civil avi­a­tion pol­icy iden­ti­fies air cargo as a po­ten­tial em­ploy­ment gen­er­a­tor for semi­skilled work­ers.

It con­sti­tuted an Air Cargo Lo­gis­tics Pro­mo­tion Board (ACPLB) to pro­mote air cargo by cost re­duc­tion, im­proved ef­fi­ciency and bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion be­tween min­istries such as Cus­toms and Ex­cise. The aim is to cut the time taken to move cargo from an air­plane to truck by 2017.

“AAI would have to re­or­gan­ise in­ter­nally and upgrade man­power skills to meet the growth es­ti­mates once the new pol­icy was im­ple­mented. The new pol­icy was ex­pected to be in place by April 2016,” adds Sri­vas­tava. award func­tions were held to hon­our and thank the stal­warts of the cargo in­dus­try for their ex­cel­lent sup­port to Cathay Pa­cific and Drag­o­nair Cargo for 2014. Char­lie Ste­wartCox, Gen­eral Man­ager - South Asia, Middle East & Africa, Anand Yed­ery, Re­gional Cargo Man­ager - added new des­ti­na­tions, im­proved our prod­ucts and up­graded our fleet. This has put us in a stronger po­si­tion in this ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment. Our trade part­ners have sup­ported us whole­heart­edly with var­i­ous ini­tia­tives that we in­tro­duced such as the cu­tover to E-AWB.”

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