With an aim to give a major boost to the trade and industry in Saurashtra region, Rajkot airport gets a go ahead to commence air cargo service on Monday.
The Airport Authority of India (AAI) informed that the AAI Rajkot had filed an application to start the cargo services which has been approved by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security. The passenger aircraft that don’t get sufficient passengers can fill the income gap by handling cargo.
“Two airlines are ready to start air cargo service and third airline operating from Rajkot has also shown interest. This is going to boost trade and industry in the Saurashtra region.”Digant Borah, Director, Rajkot airport
At present, 10 passenger flights fly from Rajkot airport to destinations including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangaluru. These passenger aircraft have permission to carry limited cargo. But if the number of passengers are less, the carrier is allowed to carry more cargo to compensate for loss of income for lack of passengers.
Saurashtra is home of several key industries like Rajkot’s imitation jewellery and gold jewellery making, Morbi’s ceramic industry and brass industry of Jamnagar.
The permission to commence cargo flights will enable the traders and manufacturers of the region to send samples to the customers using air cargo service. The courier services operators can also use the cargo service for faster delivery.
As per sources, the airlines which started operation recently from Rajkot airport had surveyed about the cargo service and found a potential market in Saurashtra region.