Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Govt actively pushing for air freight stations, says Choubey

New Delhi: The government is actively pushing for establishment of air freight stations as it looks at ways to reduce costs involved in air cargo operations, a senior official said Tuesday.
The Civil Aviation Ministry is expected to soon come out with an air cargo policy that would seek to address various problems faced by the industry players.

"We are actively pushing for establishment of offsite Air Freight Stations. This is against financial interests of the airport operators... but that is the way forward... We are committed to making air cargo affordable," Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said here.

Air Freight Station (AFS) is an off-airport common user facility that offers service for handling and temporary storage of import and export cargo.

Noting that the air cargo policy would have answers to many problems faced by the industry, he said the ministry would try to transfer many functions related to air cargo operations offsite since space at airports is expensive.
20/11/18 PTI/Times of India