Friday, September 28, 2018

Coimbatore bets big on air cargo biz

Coimbatore: Buoyed by the increase in cargo traffic, the Coimbatore airport has proposed to set up an exclusive freighter bay at a cost of Rs 12 crore. The airport, which has nine aircraft parking bays, had been recording a steady rise in both perishable and non-perishable cargo traffic over the past one year.
Inside sources said airport director R Mahalingam had sent a proposal to the Airport Authority of India to set up a freighter aircraft bay at the airport, in addition to the existing nine aircraft parking bays. “The project cost was estimated at Rs 12 crore in the proposal. Authorities are studying the proposal and its feasibility. Once they approve the plan, they will sanction funds,” said an airport official, who didn’t want to be named.

The exclusive freighter aircraft bay is expected to attract a few cargo aircraft like Fed Ex to start operations in the district. “Being a manufacturing and agriculture hub that exports a wide range of goods, Coimbatore offers potential for high quantities. If a freighter aircraft were to commence service from the city to destinations like Dubai or Singapore for at least once a week, it will be a boon for us as we can increase our cargo acceptance by leaps and bounds. This will also make us less dependent on bonded trucking,” the official said. “For this to happen, we first need to create the required infrastructure.”
28/09/18 Times of India