Sunday, August 04, 2019

DHL warns poor Mumbai airport infrastructure risks $5 trn economy target

Mumbai: Global logistics major DHL Express is concerned about lack of adequate infrastructure at the city airport, warning this may be detrimental to the countrys $ 5-trillion growth aspiration as well.

The company said there is only a single slot for all air freight operators and there is no scope for expansion at the nations second largest airport.

Anywhere where there are restrictions of slots for landing or network to be able to build our network in terms of services which we are able to give our customers, be it exports or imports, global chief executive John Pearson told PTI here.

Managing director for India RS Subramanian said all the other major airports in the country have dedicated space allotted for operators like it, but despite privatisation, the Mumbai airport lacks the same.

If India says it will be from a $ 5 trillion economy by 2025, trade will have to grow and international trade will have been to grow manifold. And trade will not grow without the support which companies like DHL can provide, Subramanian said.

Pearson explained that their entire operational architecture is based on the hub-and-spoke model, due to which it is able to assure timely pick-up and delivery.

As a result of these constraints, the company is forced to send a consignment via its centres in Delhi or Bengaluru which causes half-a-day delay in delivery, Subramanian said, adding this is a crime in their business.
04/08/19 PTI/Business Standard

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