GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL) is planning to set up a logistics park spread across 232 acres of commercial land available at Mopa, where Goa’s new greenfield airport is set to come up. The Mopa grrenfield airport is being developed by GGIAL at an estimated cost of INR 3000 crore under the Build Operate Transfer (BOT) model.
The airport which is eying on freight cargo, plans to outsource the handling of the cargo to a specialist company through a concessionaire agreement, and has also started marketing activities, Kanwarbir Singh Kalra, Deputy CEO, GGIAL informed the media..
Kalra, while addressing the CII Goa conference on logistics, said that GGIAL is working on all aspects required to promote logistics and cargo movement in Goa, particularly for the pharma sector.
GMR, which also handles the operations of Hyderabad and Delhi airports, expects the cargo movement from Goa to cross 1,00,000 metric tonnes by 2045. “We are planning for that, we have earmarked that much space in our land to handle air cargo movement, and we have kept the facility for a cargo terminal,” said Kalra.
Further, speaking on the construction work on the airport, Kalra informed, “Work on the airside, ATC towers, passenger terminal building and admin building is currently on in full swing. We are targeting 2022 for the airport launch. We are on track and should be able to deliver the airport by August 2022.”
GGIAL also said that wide-body aircraft will be able to operate from the airport.
“Goa’s industry is mostly pharma, and we understand that an ecosystem is required to handle such cargo. Our team is already working on airline marketing, and we are participating in global forums related to airline marketing. We are meeting airlines directly,” said Kalra.
Speaking on the marketing of the cargo services Kalra said “We will be there to make sure that the concessionaire does what is required. This is an ecosystem that has to work together. There will be a concessionaire and there is a dedicated marketing team within GGIAL that is working with airlines and airports.”