Saturday, September 01, 2018

Pune: Authorities plan special freight aircraft at Lohegaon airport

Pune: Pune Airport administration is exploring the possibility of operating ‘freight aircraft’ in order to provide better cargo services to local businesses. As per officials, after an expansion of the terminal building and addition of extra parking space, the airport administration can start operating a few freight aircraft from the Lohegaon Airport. Director Pune Airport Ajay Kumar said since the volume of the domestic cargo at Pune Airport is growing at a phenomenal, the plan to expand the capacity is on the anvil.
Kumar said that the airport was recently ranked 6th among the major airports across the country in cargo operations. In the first quarter of 2018 (April to June 2018), the cargo operation at Pune has seen a growth of 72 per cent, he said. “Pune Airport handled 14,522 tonnes of domestic cargo from April to June 2018. There has been a 72 per cent increase over last year. On provision of land from state government some of the existing offices shall be relocated and new common user integrated cargo terminal shall be constructed,” said Kumar.
“We are placed 6th among the top metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangaluru. The growth was recorded in top major airports is 72 per cent. We are working towards exploring the possibility of operating freight aircraft. The freighters park will be available by October 28. The same will however help the domestic cargo services too. We are expecting to see a cargo traffic increase of 50 per cent this year,” said Kumar.
01/09/18 Indian Express