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Goa Int’l Airport begins round-the-clock cargo operations

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Goa International Airport, Dabolim, has gone against the earlier norms of handling cargo in two shifts during a day and begun round-the-clock cargo operations informed Gagan Malik, director, Goa Airport.

Malik further informed that to increase freight movement, particularly for import and export, a detailed study by all stakeholders on the demand and infrastructure requirements needs to be prepared.

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After CONCOR stopped handling the cargo operations and the responsibility for import and export of cargo through Goa airport in march, it is being handled by the Airports Authority of India’s subsidiary, AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services Company (AAICLAS).

The Goa airport has also been registered on IceGate, the air cargo portal of the central excise customs department.

As per the data shown by AAI, the quantum of cargo movement through Goa airport has increased, with 337 metric tonne transported in September as against 15 metric tonne of freight in May.

“The pharma industry has its own requirements. Emirates SkyCargo has its own requirements. But so far, AAI has not been approached on a joint forum basis regarding the requirements. Provide us documented details on what changes are required because before putting money into the project, I need certain details to justify the expenditure,” Malik added.

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