Mum­bai gets an ex­clu­sive cargo ter­mi­nal

June saw the open­ing of MIAL’s new cargo ter­mi­nal in Mum­bai op­er­ated by Con­cor that will be de­voted to cargo and prom­ises cost ef­fec­tive­ness and timely de­liv­er­ies.

Cargo Talk - - Aviation - HAZEL JAIN

Mum­bai In­ter­na­tional Air­port Lim­ited (MIAL) opened a new do­mes­tic cargo Com­mon User Ter­mi­nal (CUT) in Mum­bai near the Western Ex­press High­way in Vile Parle, which has been out­sourced to Con­cor Air Ltd (CAL) on a build-op­er­ate-trans­fer ba­sis. CAL is a new com­pany formed for air cargo and is a 100 per cent sub­sidiary of Con­cor.

Ac­cord­ing to Ka­mal Jain, Chief Gen­eral Man­ager, Con­cor, the new ter­mi­nal will also pro­vide ware­hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties to clients. “We have en­tered into a con­ces­sional agree­ment with MIAL for this. This new ter­mi­nal has the ca­pac­ity to han­dle 300,000 met­ric tonnes of cargo an­nu­ally and is built on an area of 60,000 square feet. It of­fers state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing an on­line pay­ment fa­cil­ity. We al­ready have air­lines like Indigo, Spice­Jet, GoAir, Vis­tara and Jet Air­ways as our clients. Af­ter Mum­bai, we are look­ing to open sim­i­lar ter­mi­nals in other ci­ties too.”

The cargo ter­mi­nal is an ‘el­e­vated ter­mi­nal struc­ture’ where all ar­riv­ing do­mes­tic cargo is man­aged from the base­ment level while de­part­ing cargo is han­dled at the up­per level. Air In­dia and Blue Dart han­dle their do­mes­tic cargo op­er­a­tions at their own ter­mi­nals.

Manoj Singh, Vice Pres­i­dent, MIAL, said, “This project was on for three years and it’s the big­gest fa­cil­ity that caters to the Western re­gion. It can also han­dle haz­ardous goods. Freight for­warders have the op­tion to have an of­fice here. The Do­mes­tic Air Cargo Agents As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia al­ready has an of­fice here. It be­came nec­es­sary for this re­gion to have an air cargo ter­mi­nal of this scale be­cause of the in­creased do­mes­tic cargo busi­ness and rise in e-com­merce. We are ex­pect­ing an an­nual growth of seven per cent in the busi­ness.”

Anil Ku­mar Gupta, CMD, Con­cor, and Chair­man, CAL, said, “The car­go­han­dling ca­pac­ity in Mum­bai was very lim­ited. In In­dia, the cost of trans­porta­tion is very high–it is close to 12-13 per cent as against just eight to nine per cent that is the in­ter­na­tional stan­dard. We want to link this fa­cil­ity to our ICD. We have re­cently started road­ways which is the fourth di­men­sion of trans­port. The need for In­dia right now is de­vel­op­ing the air-sea cargo link. We are look­ing at that right now. Ahmed­abad will be the first such fa­cil­ity where we will do this. We will also re­vive our Mu­lund fa­cil­ity in Mum­bai. We will be ex­pand­ing the team at Con­cor to help with our ex­pan­sion plans.”

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