GMR’s new terminal plans
There are plans to build terminals for perishable and express cargo, shares Hemanth DP, COO (Aero Commercial, Cargo & Asia Pacific Flying School), GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited.
domestic side, we only have one airline that is Blue Dart for so many years and now you have Sovika operated by Quickjet, which is a welcome development. But it’s not enough. India is the seventh-largest country in the world and needs air connectivity on the domestic side as well because road network is not that good and it also takes time.
GMR was the first airport to build a Pharma Zone in 2010, which is a temperature-controlled terminal from truck dock to air dock. We don’t mix meat or vegetable here. We are now planning exclusive perishable and express terminals. We are also the only one in India with a functional cargo village. We have warehouses, we have a functional free trade zone and a lot of infrastructure specially built for cargo in Hyderabad.
It is our objective to be the logistics hub for India and South Asia. After setting up an air freight station in Nagpur and Chennai, we are now looking at opening up an air freight station in Goa and later Vizag. We have sales teams in key cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Hyderabad and they look at hinterlands which do not have an international airport, to connect the cargo by truck both bonded and nonbonded and bring it to Hyderabad to carry it by our airlines.