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.
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.”