Tulsi Mir­chan­dani

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Blue Dart Avi­a­tion

Cargo Talk - - Report -

The first trend that has been no­ticed over the years is the com­pletely diver­gent growth of the pas­sen­ger seg­ment and the cargo air­line seg­ment. The pas­sen­ger air­lines are driven by the low fare and low cost seg­ment and ac­cord­ing to the Boe­ing cur­rent mar­ket out­look, it ac­tu­ally quadru­pled since 2000. How­ever, in the cargo seg­ment whether in US, Europe or Asia-Pa­cific, it is driven by the pre­mium cargo ex­press seg­ment rather than lower cost belly-hold ca­pac­ity.

Both pas­sen­ger and cargo air­lines have dis­tinct and dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments and they need to be treated as such. Hence, air­port oper­a­tors must plan their in­fra­struc­ture ac­cord­ingly. Freighters are es­sen­tial to trade to de­liver speed and re­li­a­bil­ity. Around 90 per cent of world’s freighters are utilised by air ex­press oper­a­tors. If we look at the eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors, In­dia is very strong and strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned in a grow­ing re­gion. ‘Make in In­dia’ and Ease of Do­ing Busi­ness mis­sion, if driven cor­rectly could make a dif­fer­ence.

The draft civil avi­a­tion pol­icy must in­clude a vi­sion for air cargo. In­dia’s do­mes­tic con­sump­tion re­quires a strong do­mes­tic air cargo net­work.

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