Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Rajkot airport gets nod for air cargo service

Rajkot: In a major boost to trade and industry in Saurashtra region, Rajkot airport has got the nod to start air cargo service there on Monday. According to the Airport Authority of India (AAI), the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security has approved the application of AAI Rajkot to start cargo service. The passenger aircraft that don’t get sufficient passengers can fill the income gap by handling cargo.

Digant Borah, Rajkot airport director said, “Two airlines are ready to start air cargo service and third airline operating from Rajkot has also shown interest. This is going to boost trade and industry in the Saurashtra region.”

About 10 passenger flights currently operate from Rajkot airport. The destinations of these flights include Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangaluru. These passenger aircraft have permission to carry limited cargo. But if the number of passengers are less, the carrier is allowed to can carry more cargo to compensate for loss of income for lack of passengers.

Saurashtra is home of several key industries like Rajkot’s imitation jewellery and gold jewellery making, Morbi’s ceramic industry and brass industry of Jamnagar. The traders and manufacturers can now send samples to the customers using air cargo service. The courier services operators can also use the cargo service for faster delivery. According to sources, the airlines which started operation recently from Rajkot airport had surveyed about the cargo service and found a potential market in Saurashtra region.

20/04/21 Times of India

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