Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Chennai’s Air Cargo Complex Success Story

Chennai Airport has been managing their cargo department with efficiency and consistency. Here is a look at their Air Cargo Complex, its infrastructure and management techniques.
The Air Cargo Complex at the Chennai airport was established in 1978, when all regulatory and facilitating agencies were brought under one roof for faster processing/clearance of international cargo, to cater for air cargo movement in the southern region. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) functions as ground handling agency for airlines for handling or processing their cargo on ground and acts as custodian on behalf of customs import/export cargo under the Customs Act of 1962 at the cargo terminal.
The cargo complex spreads out over 20 acres consists of four divisions, namely, export, import, air courier and domestic cargo facilities. The complex has an exclusive cargo apron that can accommodate three widebodied aircraft with Unit Load Device (ULD) parking area and hydrant re-fuelling facility at the bay. The customs department has appointed AAI as the custodian at the cargo complex. The international import/export cargo of all the airlines under AAI’s custodianship is solely handled by AAI appointed GHA-M/s Bhadra International India Ltd (BIIL), however, M/s Air India handles the export cargo separately for the airlines handled by it.
At Chennai Airport, almost 34 major airlines are operating to various domestic and international destinations catering to the requirements of both passengers and cargo. There are almost 10 airlines that operate cargo freighters to various international destinations. On an average, Chennai Airport facilitates the operations of over 12,500 flights per month. This includes 3,200 international and 9,300 domestic flights. Apart from this, a number of business jets are also operated from this airport. Chennai Airport handles traffic of over 15 million passengers and over 350,000 metric tonnes of cargo a year.
18/07/17 Media India Group