Monday, January 15, 2018

International cargo hub at airport to soon get a boost

Pune: The officials at the airport at Lohegaon here set a deadline for several projects on Sunday.
One of the pieces of news shared was that the international cargo hub at the airport will get a trans-shipment facility, using which goods can be sent to different parts of the world with ease.
Pune airport director Ajay Kumar said the facility will allow international cargo to the transported on domestic flights first and then loaded on to flights going to different international destinations.
"The facility will start at Pune's international cargo facility on March 31. We expect permission from customs authorities very soon. With this system in place, those willing to export cargo anywhere in the world can do so," Kumar said.
The airport has had four international flight operations for a while. They include two to Dubai (Air India and SpiceJet), one to Abu Dhabi (Jet Airways) and one to Frankfurt (Lufthansa).
"Presently, only SpiceJet is exporting cargo to Dubai from the facility. However, Air India and Jet Airways have received permissions from customs, and they too should start the facility any time now. As far as the international cargo import facility is concerned, we need additional land and the project will be taken up as soon as that happens. Once we get the land, it will take us three months to start the import facility," the director added.
15/01/18 Joy Sengupta/Times of India