GMR Hyderabad Airport Cargo has recently launched ‘Hyderabad Cargo Charter Circle (HC3)’ in order to develop Hyderabad as an air charter hub for the Southern part of the country. This dedicated platform will not only facilitate the cargo charter operators via Hyderabad air cargo terminal but also boost the regional connectivity and link it to the main hubs across the globe. The HC3 was unveiled in the presence of Charter Operators, Freighters, Shippers, Consolidation Agents, Freight Forwarders and other airport stakeholders at a gala event.
HC3 entails a membership programme, in which the affiliates will have several benefits viz. additional free cargo storage time; single point of contact for all aspects related to cargo handling and a 24X7 customer centric response; priority storage allocation, end-to-end logistics support within the terminal etc.
Under the aegis of HC3, the consignees from across Southern India will also have the advantage to benefit by reduction in multiple handlings of their consignment thus gaining more reliability and control over their cargo throughout the transit.
SGK Kishore, CEO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) said, “Cargo Charters in India as a concept is still in a nascent phase. While, it contributes a small proportion of the volume handled by the Indian airports currently, but as an emerging market, Cargo Charters holds a lot of promise. Realizing this potential, we have launched the HC3 platform, which will act as an industry forum led by Hyderabad Airport to give the value add and advantage to this segment of the industry and help boost trade and logistics.”
According to the release issued by GHIAL, demand for cargo charters in Hyderabad International Airport has increased for segments like pharmaceuticals, engineering goods, telecom, defence and aerospace commodities.
Hyderabad Air Cargo will give its members non-stop connectivity through charter cargo operators in the domestic markets in India as well as in international pockets in the US, Middle East, Far East, Africa and Latin America, the release added.
Hyderabad International Airport has the distinction of building the first modular, integrated cargo facility in the country with 150,000 MT of cargo handling capacity per annum, which also houses India’s first Pharma Zone, which is World Health Organisation’s Good Storage and Distribution Practices (GSDP) certified and offers end-to-end temperature-controlled environment right from the Truck-Dock to the airside.
Having handled over 148 thousand tonnes of cargo in FY19, Hyderabad International Airport has been taking steps towards expanding the existing facilities, adding new infrastructure, transshipment facilities, Integrated Express Terminal, Dedicated Perishable facilities, Pack Houses and strong network – International and Domestic (Air and Road), Multimodal connectivity and ease of operations in the Air Cargo Terminals.
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