Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Airport director says cargo export short of expectation

Pune: International cargo exports from the city airport had not been impressive and far short of expectation, said airport director Kuldeep Singh on Monday, citing non-availability of land for shifting the current cargo complex as one of the major hindrances.
“We have 10 international flights per week. If we take optimum load of 2 tonnes per flight, our monthly international cargo handling should be in the range of 70 to 100 tonnes. We are far short of that figure. The constraints are the weather during summer, and the runway length,” he said.

Currently, the airport handles around 20-30 tonnes of international cargo per month, said officials. As the international cargo mostly comprises perishable goods, it poses a problem during summer as the airport does not have a cold storage facility. Though there has been some improvement in figures as per the data of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), constraints related to land availability and runway length are major roadblocks, he said.

Close to 260 tonnes of international cargo were handled by Pune airport in 2019 compared to 68 tonnes in 2018. “The present cargo complex will have to be demolished to pave way for the new terminal building. I am sure our operations will record a huge surge once we get a new cargo complex,” he said.
25/02/20 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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