In India’s 24 airports, redundant passenger terminals will be converted into cargo terminals by the Airports Authority of India. Inaugurating the air cargo complex at the Mangalore airport last week, the Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said AAI has 24 airports in the country that will be used for domestic cargo operations.
The old terminal buildings will undergo minor modifications since the facility requires both city side and air side access. Singh said that to develop cargo hubs, it is imperative to develop the regional airport and establish cargo terminals to provide connectivity with metros. To achieve this, the AAI has already set up cargo terminals in the southern region in Coimbatore, Tiruchi and now at Mangalore.
The cargo terminal in Mangalore will provide an opportunity to exporters of perishable cargo. The terminal has 1,400 sq metres for international cargo and 1100 sq metres for domestic cargo. The facility has an annual holding capacity of 5,000 tonne for international import cargo, 13,000 tonne for export cargo, 18,000 tonne for domestic in-bound cargo and 21,000 tonne for domestic out-bound cargo, he added.