Pune: After receiving a good response for the cargo facility at Pune airport from industry and various airlines, the Pune airport authority is now planning to start ‘trans-shipment’ cargo facility, which will open doors for cargo to global destinations such as Europe, USA and Britain. These destinations do not have direct connectivity from Pune. Under this facility, domestic flights will carry the export shipment from Pune to other domestic airports from where international flights will relay the cargo to destinations across the world.
Pune MP Anil Shirole and Pune Airport Director Ajay Kumar informed media persons about the development here on Sunday. “We will start a trans-shipment facility by the end of March. This facility will bring in more clientele as those wanting to send the cargo to the USA or Europe will be able to do so from the city. We are also planning to start the import facility after the acquisition of land,” said Ajay Kumar, Pune
International cargo facility was inaugurated in June 2017 by Pune MP Anil Shirole. Airport officials had expected the 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 from the airport against the expected 20 metric tonnes per day. Of the four airlines which have international flights only Spice Jet is using the international cargo facility.
At present, Pune Airport has direct international connectivity to the Middle East and Germany. Trans-shipment will bypass this limitation.
Anant Sardeshmukh, Director General of MCCIA, said, “This is definitely beneficial for business in Pune. Many send cargo from Mumbai which is time-consuming. The facility helps to increase the quantity of cargo from Pune and generate revenue for both airlines and the business.”