Saturday, August 12, 2017

Chennai airport to get 3 domestic cargo terminals

Chennai: In light of the increase in the quantity of domestic cargo handled at Chennai airport, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to open three terminals for the purpose.
AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra opened a 1,500 sq m common user domestic cargo terminal built at Rs 3 crore at the airport on Friday. The terminal has a capacity to handle approximately 100 tonnes of cargo in a day.
A senior official said three more common user terminals for domestic cargo would be built by next year. "Earlier, domestic cargo was handled in a steel shed. We have now built this new terminal with scanners at the same location. Major players in handling of domestic cargo are Bhadra for AAI, Air India, Jet Airways and Blue Dart and are scattered," he said.
Chennai airport was performing well with regard to cargo handling, and AAI is planning an expansion so that the entire cargo operations can be vacated from the old airport building in two months. The old building can then be cleared for demolition to straighten a taxiway at the Guindy-end of the runway.
Mohapatra said AAI was planning a tremendous push in cargo business and Chennai had done well in volumes. "Chennai is our pride for cargo. What Chennai lost, we have got back. The cargo handled was worth Rs 186 crore which is a 27% increase when compared to last year," he said.
12/08/17 Times of India