Monday, October 21, 2019

Hyderabad Airport launches air cargo charter program

In India, GMR Hyderabad Airport Cargo launched its Hyderabad Cargo Charter Circle (HC3) handling program this month. Airport operator GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL), a subsidiary of GMR Airports Ltd. and a step-down subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure Ltd. (GMR Group), plans to boost cargo charter operations out of Hyderabad Air Cargo Terminal in support of GHIAL’s aims to develop the airport into a South Asian cargo hub. Air cargo charter operations are unusual in India.

HC3 is a membership-based program under which participants receive various benefits, such as additional free cargo storage, priority storage allocation, a single point of contact for all aspects related to cargo handling, end-to-end logistics support within the terminal and 24/7 customer support.

“Cargo charters contribute a small proportion of the volume handled by the Indian airports currently, but as an emerging market, they hold a lot of promise. Realizing this potential, we have launched the HC3 platform, which will act as an industry forum led by Hyderabad International Airport to give the value-added advantage to this segment of the industry and help boost trade and logistics,” according to S.G.K. Kishore, chief executive officer of GHIAL.

These benefits increase the reliability and control customers have over cargo transiting through the airport, according to GHIAL. Ultimately, the program is meant to grow the number of direct regional and international flight connections out of Hyderabad in support of its goal to become a hub for charter air cargo operations.

Recently, the airport has experienced growing demand for cargo charters to support shipments that include pharmaceuticals, engineering goods, telecommunications equipment and defense and aerospace commodities, GHIAL said. The new program will support this demand.
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