After waiting for 10 months for permission from regulatory authorities and putting operational processes in place, a new cargo terminal was finally inaugurated at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad last week.
With a capacity to handle 100 metric tonnes of cargo a day and 3500 MT on average, over a month when operated round the clock, the new terminal will boost the import and export trade from SVPI airport.
The additional cargo handling capacity at the airport, in addition to adding incremental cargo handling capacity to the airport’s cargo infrastructure, provides an additional choice of service for the trade at the airport,” according to a statement issued by the SVPI airport operator, Adani Airports Holdings Limited (AAHL), a subsidiary of Adani Enterprises Limited (AEL).
The statement added: “The infrastructure and proximity of the new cargo terminal to both domestic and international passenger terminals are expected to significantly improve the service levels of cargo handling at the airport.”
The terminal provides end-to-end terminal handling services encompassing cityside handling, security functions, storage, terminal processing, and airside handling, under close monitoring and supervision to ensure the safety of cargo.
Currently, all international cargo is handled by Ahmedabad Air Cargo Complex, which is managed by Gujarat State Export Corporation (GSEC) Limited.
As per estimates the SVPI airport handled about 60,749MT of cargo during the financial year 2020-21.
The new terminal can very well handle general pharmaceutical products in addition to perishable goods which require to be stored between 15oC and 25oC. Further, it can handle machinery parts, console cargo, readymade garments, fabrics, dyes, chemicals, valuable cargo, and other commodities.
The terminal complex will soon have a dedicated airside trans-shipment facility and an international courier handling corridor.