SVPI Airport to Launch New Semi-Automated Cargo Terminal by Year’s End

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport is set to unveil a new semi-automated integrated cargo terminal by the end of this year as part of its extensive expansion plan. This development includes enhancements in both passenger and cargo handling capacities. According to sources familiar with the project, the terminal’s infrastructure is expected to be completed by July.

“Once the infrastructure is ready, regulatory approvals from the ministry and BCAS will be required before the terminal can become operational,” said a source.

The new terminal, situated opposite the India Meteorological Department (IMD) office on the airport grounds, will span 33,000 square meters and have the capacity to manage 2 lakh metric tons of cargo per month. It is designed to accommodate future increases in cargo volume.

The facility will handle domestic and international cargo, express courier services, cold-chain pharmaceuticals, and other perishable goods. “The opening of the new cargo terminal is eagerly awaited due to the closure of the Gujarat Agro-owned terminal at the airport, which has disrupted the export of perishable goods and impacted exporters,” a source explained. “Although a new contract has been established, the terminal has yet to become operational due to a lack of equipment and pending regulatory approvals.”

The new terminal is designed to meet cargo handling needs for at least the next 30 years. It will feature modern sorting and distribution equipment to support e-commerce logistics, facilitating faster processing of both inbound and outbound cargo.

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