Thursday, October 10, 2019

Cargo terminal at Surat airport to be operational by Dec 31: AAI

Surat: Diamond city’s trade and commerce is set to get a major boost with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) announcing the opening of the cargo terminal by the end of December.
The steel-based modular cargo terminal structure, built at the cost of Rs 8 crore is ready, but is awaiting approval from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). With it getting operational, cargo movement is expected to cross 7,000 tonnes per month.

A senior AAI officer said that the fund the airport has received recently from AAI for CCTV and other security system will be utilized by November 30. “However, BCAS clearance will be necessary for operation and hopefully the terminal will start operating by December 31,” he added.

Constructed on the land between the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and the terminal building, the ground base of the cargo is 1,000 square meter and the first floor will have the same size. The cargo terminal has a cold storage facility for export of perishable items, a strong room among many more facilites.

At present the cargo movement from Surat airport has touched 3,400 metric tonnes in the past one year after the private airlines operating from Surat airport provide cargo facilities to its operational destinations across the country.

Official sources said that cargo items like textile goods, document couriers, chemicals, valuable goods such as diamonds, jewellery etc are transported from Surat airport to various destinations including Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai and Jaipur.
10/10/19 Times of India
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