Saturday, May 06, 2017

International cargo hub at airport by month-end

International cargo operation from the Pune airport is likely to take off by the month end, airport officials have said.
Sources in the customs at the airport told TOI that the clearance and notification from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) for starting the export of international cargo from the airport was expected soon.
"As far as the domestic cargo or freight movement is concerned, it is handled by the officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI). International cargo operation will be handled by the customs and we are expecting clearance from BCAS by month end or early next month," an official told TOI.
If one looks at the figures released by AAI, the airport has scored well in terms of domestic freight movement. The figures of February and January this year fare well when compared with the figures of January, February and March last year.
"Pune is a hub of international and domestic cargo originating from western Maharashtra and deserves to have its own full-fledged international cargo complex. There is heavy cargo movement from Pune comprising mainly of aerospace and defence, automotive, chemicals, consumer durables, electronic and electrical, healthcare and pharmaceuticals etc. Unfortunately, lack of required facilities and infrastructure for handling cargo at Pune Airport has resulted in the cargo moving out of Mumbai. It is said that of the total cargo moving out of Mumbai Airport, almost 40% is from Pune. Apart from periodic announcements about providing full-fledged cargo complex and commencement of international cargo movement from Pune Airport, AAI has not been able to do much in this regard," aviation expert and analyst Dhairyashil Vandekar, said.
06/05/17 Joy Sengupta/The Times Of India