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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

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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.

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