Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Air Cargo India 2018 pumps up India’s air cargo prospects

Excitement among the air cargo industry stakeholders reached a new level as the 7th edition of Air Cargo India, kicked off on Tuesday. The three-day event, dubbed as the biggest congregation of the global air cargo supply chain, organised by The STAT Media Group, is currently taking place at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai from February 20-22.

The event themed “Indian air cargo: A revolution enhancing global trade” aims to showcase India's potential in the global scenario and provide a platform for the Indian air cargo industry to learn from the best global air logistics leaders and network with them.

Vandana Agarwal, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India inaugurated the event. RK Patra, Editor-In-Chief, STAT Media Group; Manoj Singh, Senior Vice President and Head – Cargo, Mumbai International Airport – GVK, Dheeraj Kohli, Vice President and Global Head for Travel and Transportation, Unisys and Ashok Rajan, Senior Vice President - Global Business Head - Airline Cargo Services, IBS Software Services were also in attendance.

The first-panel discussion had industry stalwarts discuss on charting a new flight path for Indian air cargo as a global destination. Those on the panel included the likes of Glyn Hughes, Global Head of Cargo, IATA; Alexis von Hoensbroech, Member, Executive Board and CCO, Lufthansa Cargo; Russi Batliwala, CEO, Chapman Freeborn Air Chartering; Keku Gazder, CEO, AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services; Dheeraj Kohli, VP & Global Head for Travel and Transportation, Unisys; Abhay Pathak, Executive Director, Cargo, Air India; Manoj Singh, Senior Vice President & Head - Cargo, Mumbai International Airport and Hemanth DP, COO, Aerocommercial Cargo & Asia Pacific Flying School, GMR Airport. 

Hughes, who moderated the discussion, put forth an important question: Is India ready for consistent growth in air cargo? All the participants were in agreement that while it is not fully ready for sustained growth, it is on its way to reach there soon.
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