Speaking at the Press Conference to give an update on the performance of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, during last 4 years of NDA Government at the Centre, Mr Suresh Prabhu, Union Civil Aviation Minister informed that the ministry is working on a Cargo Policy which will increase movement of cargo by airlines. ”Currently the Ministry is working on a Cargo Policy which will be enabling movement of cargo. I am also responsible for logistics as a subject which, for the first time, has been earmarked to the commerce ministry. Cost of movement of cargo is very critical for succeeding in global trade as well as domestic competitiveness,” he said.
Sources said that to enhance the movement of air cargo, some of them (cargo) like perishable cargo, would play a key role. Accordingly, the ministry is also working out with some countries which had signed agreement with India to export food and vegetables. ”We have 380 million tonnes of agriculture production and 400 million tonnes of horticulture production. Despite being the second largest producer of food and vegetable, we lose 30 per cent of it before it reaches the market place. If some part of them is exported, we can have significant increase in the income of the farmers and it would be good for the economy,” Mr Prabhu said.
Questioned on the developments took place during last four years as far as air cargo is concerned, Mr Jayant Sinha, Minister of State, Civil Aviation highlighted the followings:
- Cargo Tonnage increased by over 10 per cent in last four years with courier services increasing by 15 per cent (cargo growth had been negative from 2010 to 2014)
- Dwell time reduced at major airports by 30-50 per cent on import cargo and by 20-70 per cent on export cargo
- 47% dwell time reduction in import cargo at Bengaluru Airport over FY’15-FY’18; 44% at Chennai Airport; 52% at Kolkata Airport; 32% at Cochin Airport; 37% at Mumbai Airport; 47% at Hyderabad Airport
- 46 % dwell time reduction in export cargo at Bengaluru Airport over FY’15-FY’18; 18% at Chennai Airport; 26% at Kolkata Airport; 69% at Cochin Airport; 46% at Mumbai Airport; 59% at Hyderabad Airport
- India ranks among top 10 globally for e-Air Way Bill Penetration; many cargo terminals among the top few in the world on terminal service quality
- Dedicated AAI Cargo Logistics Company set up; cargo facilities now at 20 AAI airports versus three such facilities prior to 2014
- Integrated Cargo Policy to be announced shortly