Bhubaneswar air­port to in­crease ex­port ca­pac­ity to 50k MT by 2022

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The Biju Patnaik In­ter­na­tional Air­port (BPIA) is aim­ing to in­crease in­ter­na­tional ex­port ca­pac­ity to up to 50,000 met­ric tonnes (MT) by 2022. While cargo ex­port ca­pac­ity from the air­port was 6,051 MT in in­ter­na­tional level dur­ing 2016-17 fis­cal, it reached 7,036 MT in the year 2017-18. Sim­i­larly, at the in­ter­na­tional level, the cargo ex­port was 1243 MT from BPIA dur­ing 2016-17 and the ca­pac­ity rose to 1697 MT in 2017-18 fis­cal, an in­crease of 36.52 per cent. In the do­mes­tic cargo ex­port sec­tor, the air­port recorded 7,294 MT in 2016-17, while it had 8,733 MT dur­ing the last fis­cal. Cur­rently, cargo with a ca­pac­ity of 10,000 MT is be­ing ex­ported to in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions from BPIA and is likely to grow. To cater to the in­creased ca­pac­ity, a do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional cargo ex­port fa­cil­ity cen­tre has been set up at the Bhubaneswar air­port. The con­struc­tion is in progress for pro­vid­ing integrated cargo ser­vices from the air­port and it will be com­pleted soon, said Gu­ruprasad Mo­ha­p­a­tra, Chair­man, AAI, dur­ing a work­shop on ‘Air Cargo Devel­op­ment’ held in Bhubaneswar. The ter­mi­nal devel­op­ment work will be made

`30 at an in­vest­ment of crore for which a ten­der has been in­vited. An­other ter­mi­nal will also be con­structed.

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