Pune: After six months of starting transshipment facility at Pune airport, the authorities are expecting big names in freight service to come forward to make use of the facility. At a recently held a meeting with officials of airport and customs, two major service providers showed interest in starting the service. According to officials of the Pune airport, there was a meeting of Pune airport authorities, customs and representatives of cargo service providers.
“The meeting was successful after two major companies Blue Dart and DHL showed interest in starting the service. The airport authorities are willing to provide all support and cooperation to them to start service from Pune airport,” said a senior officer from the customs. The facility was announced by Ajay Kumar, Director, Pune airport on January 14 this year and on January 23, the Customs issued a notification. Since then, both customs and airport officials were waiting airlines to go ahead. Recently, Air India has started a cargo facility from the airport and for the transshipment facility, the documentation has already been done and they will soon start the service.
“Earlier, the airlines have not shown interest because of the registration process. We have already said that the process is easy. One needs to know that the process of registration is not complex. They have to come to our office with the required documents of their company (airlines) and then proceed with the online registration,” said the official.
Cargo service at Pune Airport
International cargo facility was inaugurated at Pune Airport in June 2017.
The officials were expecting cargo volume to touch 40,600 tonnes per annum. The actual quantity is dismal as an average of 430 kg cargo is exported every day against expected 20 metric tonnes per day.