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