State-owned airports operator Airports Authority of India (AAI) has launched a cargo subsidiary.
The company, to be called AAI Cargo logistics and Allied Services Company Ltd, will be 100 per cent owned by AAI. It will have an equity base of Rs 20 crore and staff strength of 60 people to begin with.
Speaking at the launch event, aviation minister Ashok Gajapati Raju said, “The success of the company will be interdependent on a lot of things. I wish them success.”
Aviation secretary R N Chaubey said that the company would earn revenues of Rs 380 crore “during the first year itself”.
“The cargo sector has so much of potential. AAI’s entry into the cargo space should have happened several years ago," Chaubey said at the launch.
AAI officials said that the company has in equity base of Rs 20 crore to start with. "As they grow, we will pump in money as and when required for expansion," said a senior AAI official.