Making Mumbai its second touch point in India with twice weekly flights, Luxembourg-based Cargolux is betting big on the India market. Regional Director (Middle East & Indian Subcontinent), Cargolux, outlines the opportunities and challenges for the air c
to the specific commodities that we specialise in transporting. What kind of potential do you see in India for air cargo?
We are increasingly optimistic. The Government of India launched several reforms and initiatives that are aimed to give the logistics industry, in particular, air freight, a good start. Our products range from CV Classic for the general cargo such as textiles, garments, IT equipment, CV Hazmat for all classes of DGR, CV Jumbo for the outsize and heavy shipments, CV Power for the automobile industry, CV Pharma and CV Fresh, which covers almost all segments of the trade in India. Which cities would you consider?
We get interest from our customers in Delhi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. It all depends on the route economics and feasibility as we operate the 747-400Fs and 747-8Fs, which is an average of 115-130 tonnes. What kind of challenges are you currently experiencing in Mumbai?
We operate the 747-400F to Mumbai since the infrastructure is currently limited for a 747-8F operation. Mumbai is one of the busiest airports in India for air exports and the current infrastructure for handling, storage and efficient movement outweighs the volumes handled at the current airports.
As a consequence,delays and slot restrictions create a snowball effect on our network. Regulatory constraints and manual customs processes tend to add to those challenges, however, the team at the airports are dedicated and passionate to deliver. Other challenges remain the growing capacity with the competition, be it freighters or belly carriers.
Government of India launched several reforms and initiatives that are aimed to give the logistics industry, in particular, air freight, a good start
What kind of strategy have you chalked out for India?
We are very optimistic on India’s potential and contribution to the global air freight volumes. Cargolux is watching this market closely and we can definitely support this hugely growing economy with our expertise.