Lufthansa Cargo: Con­nect­ing In­dia

In a pur­suit to con­nect the In­dian air cargo mar­ket with the world, Veli Po­lat, Re­gional Di­rec­tor - South Asia & Mid­dle East, Lufthansa Cargo, feels the In­dian mar­ket is full of op­por­tu­nity and will def­i­nitely fly through in the com­ing years.

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What has been the trend in re­spec­tively for Asia Pa­cific-North Amer­ica sec­tor. The freighter ser­vices for Asia Pa­cific to Europe ac­counted for 73 per cent while belly ser­vices were 27 per cent re­spec­tively. Freighter ser­vices will con­tinue to play a ma­jor role for Lufthansa Cargo in the near fu­ture. We also hope to in­crease the pro­por­tion of belly ser­vices for the Asia Pa­cific-North Amer­ica sec­tor to 33 per cent and 38 per cent for the Asia Pa­cific-Europe sec­tor by the year 2025. Which In­dian cities are cov­ered and 2016-17?

The In­dian cities that are cov­ered by us are Mum­bai, Hy­der­abad, Ban­ga­lore, Delhi, Chennai and Pune. We are look­ing to ex­pand­ing our net­work across In­dia. We do ex­pect the In­dian ex­port mar­ket to grow steadily in 2016-2017 which re­flects the pre­dicted GDP growth of the na­tion. How has the In­dian the group? In­dian air freight mar­ket is one of the emerg­ing mar­kets in the world. We have wit­nessed a 13 per cent growth from 2013-2014 whereas from 20142015 it was around 8 per cent. Digi­ti­sa­tion is the need of the hour as it will change the pro­cesses and struc­tures in our mar­ket with em­pha­sis on im­ple­ment­ing e-Airway Bill and on­line book­ing. The ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive prom­ises to boost freighter move­ment in the In­dian mar­ket. Lufthansa Cargo is a strong sup­porter of the In­dian air freight mar­ket and it is our mis­sion to con­nect In­dian air cargo mar­ket to the world. Would you like to com­ment on op­er­a­tions in the coun­try?

Resur­gence of air freight in In­dia will need to start on the ground with a com­pre­hen­sive air cargo fu­ture pro­gramme. We need to look at ad­vance­ment in in­fra­struc­ture, fleet net­work, new IT-land­scape, cargo hubs and sus­tain­able growth in op­er­a­tions with a stan­dard­i­s­a­tion in qual­ity of cargo to bring im­prove­ments in the cur­rent state of air cargo op­er­a­tions. Which are the top mar­kets cargo

The European mar­ket is a vi­tal mar­ket for Lufthansa Cargo with Frankfurt as the cen­tre of European freight. Frankfurt Air­port (FRA) has the high­est ton­nage of ex­ported air freight. North Amer­ica, Asia Pa­cific and Africa are our key mar­kets.

The In­dian air cargo in­dus­try has been mak­ing ad­vance­ments in the com­mon-user cargo ter­mi­nal de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment at air­ports

What are the vi­tal trends in the In­dian air cargo in­dus­try?

The global mar­ket is fo­cus­ing on In­dia and is eye­ing it as a vi­able mar­ket for fu­ture cargo growth. Ris­ing lo­cal de­mand, im­proved con­nec­tiv­ity and in­fra­struc­ture are one of the key fac­tors for growth of In­dian air cargo in­dus­try. The In­dian gov­ern­ment’s FDI poli­cies have been quite favourable to­wards pri­vate for­eign par­tic­i­pants en­ter­ing the mar­ket.

The In­dian air cargo in­dus­try has been mak­ing ad­vance­ments in the com­mon-user cargo ter­mi­nal de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment at air­ports, do­mes­tic air cargo car­rier ser­vices, com­mer­cial and pas­sen­ger cargo han­dling at air­ports, and per­ish­able cargo stor­age fa­cil­i­ties de­vel­op­ment and oper­a­tion. The cargo growth has gen­er­ally been low but the In­dian mar­ket is full of op­por­tu­ni­ties and it is poised that In­dian air cargo in­dus­try will soar through in the com­ing years and be­come a cat­a­lyst for the coun­try’s over­all growth and de­vel­op­ment.

Re­gional Di­rec­tor - South Asia & Mid­dle East, Lufthansa Cargo

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