Cargo terminal to expand at city airport | Ahmedabad News
Ahmedabad: Your precious package sent by loved ones overseas is likely to arrive a little faster now. Or, the turnaround time for your air freight export shipment will now be significantly reduced. If all goes according to plan, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) in Ahmedabad will commission its extended cargo terminal with greater cargo handling capacity by July, sources confirmed.
Well-placed sources have confirmed that after performing domestic air cargo handling operations, Adani Airports plans to start with a temporary international air cargo handling terminal.
Construction works for the extension of the existing cargo terminal, which is expected to merge with Terminal 3 at the city’s airport, is already underway. Flights for Haj pilgrims are usually made through Terminal 3.
The newly developed freight terminal will now span 1,500 mÂ² and is currently under development. This is the second major infrastructure development project undertaken by Adani Airports, since its takeover in November 2020.
âThe terminal will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and will also have a strong security control mechanism to handle the cargo. This will complement efficient cargo handling processes, âthe source said.
The city’s airport handles around 50,000 metric tons of international cargo each year, according to estimates provided by Ahmedabad Air Cargo Complex.
“A variety of cargoes, including import and export shipments of precious metals, electronics, raw materials and finished products in the pharmaceutical, chemical and textile, medical equipment and device sectors, among others , is processed at the city airport. Much of the cargo is often shipped on passenger planes. A larger terminal with improved cargo handling capacity will not only reduce the processing and customs clearance time of shipments, but will also benefit industries buying and sending cargo, âa source told the Ahmedabad Air Cargo Complex. .
Sources confirmed that SVPI Airport handled 60,749 tonnes of air cargo volumes in fiscal year 2020-2021, which is lower compared to the previous year, when it recorded 103,741 tonnes during 2019-20 fiscal year. âThe reduction is mainly due to the pandemic situation. However, Ahmedabad has significant growth potential for cargo handling in the near and long term future. This makes the increase in infrastructure inevitable, âsaid a well-placed source.
Sources confirmed that the cargo infrastructure is constantly improving at SVPI airport and that the addition of the international cargo terminal is in line with its strategy to facilitate future growth in air cargo volumes for the improvement of the industry.