Wednesday, September 04, 2019

City airport to improve its cargo-handling capacity

Chennai: Air cargo movement may be dipping at Chennai airport, but the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to expand its export dock where trucks unload export consignments in the cargo complex.
The dock is an automated facility which will make unloading of pellets (boxes that contain cargo) faster. The move is expected to speed up handling of cargo as there have been complaints about cargo trucks queuing up to unload at night. A tender has also been floated to install a warehouse, by covering the open area where cargo from trucks is transferred into the terminal.

The airport is suffering a decline in cargo, which is considered a reflection of the general lull in cargo handling at airports across the country due to the adverse impact businesses are facing. Only Hyderabad is showing a growth, though marginal, at 1%. AAI statistics show that international freight movement in Chennai declined by 13.2% and domestic by 20.3% in the April to July period this year, compared to the same period last year, making it the lowest when compared to major airports, except Kolkata.

Bengaluru suffered a decline of 8.4% in international cargo, Mumbai has seen a dip of 14.3% and Delhi saw a dip of 5.8%. Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata are improving their international freight handling because of better infrastructure. Domestic and international cargo is expected to increase further in Hyderabad because an online retailer has opened its biggest warehouse near the airport.
04/09/19 Times of India
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