Air In­dia to tap into the po­ten­tial of Su­rat

A team from AI’s cargo divi­sion vis­ited the city and met tex­tile and di­a­mond as­so­ci­a­tions and also mem­bers of ‘We Want Work­ing Air­port at Su­rat’ (WWWAS) for their views on air cargo po­ten­tial in the city.

Cargo Talk - - Aviation -

The mem­bers from the trade and com­merce, in­clud­ing the WWWAS, made a de­tailed pre­sen­ta­tion of air cargo po­ten­tial from the air­port. In the pre­sen­ta­tion, Tarun Chugh, Mem­ber, WWWAS said that the tex­tile, di­a­mond and horticulture sec­tors are play­ers for cargo in the di­a­mond city. Di­a­mond cargo worth ` 40,000 crore is trans­ported ev­ery year from Su­rat to Mum­bai. Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI) has given an in-prin­ci­ple ap­proval for cargo ter­mi­nal in the city and that a to­tal an­nual ex­pected cargo is pegged at 40,000 met­ric tonnes for the first year.

Data gath­ered by WWWAS sug­gests that about 50,000 ship­ments of 30 met­ric tonnes are gen­er­ated on a daily ba­sis. E H Pathan, Mem­ber, WWWAS said, “AI au­thor­i­ties want the Air­bus to carry cargo from the city. A 320 may carry 2,000 kg per flight and A319 1,500 kg per flight. This is enough to suf­fice air cargo move­ments from the city.”

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