UPS, a global leader in logistics, commenced its flight on the Delhi-Cologne route on Tuesday, said a statement by GMR-led Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL).
“UPS commenced its six weekly flights from Delhi with its Boeing 747-8F aircraft, the company’s largest freighter aircraft, which came from Bangkok,” the statement added.
Cologne is UPS’ largest hub in Germany and can handle up to 1.9 lakh packages per hour. According to DIAL, the new routing is a ‘significant’ development for businesses in north India as it will help the states to gain faster access to the markets in western countries.
“Delhi has emerged as a cargo hub for the businesses in North India and neighbouring countries. The service offered by UPS will give boost to the cargo and logistics sector in the region. It will support businesses from Asia and enhance growth opportunities to markets in the west.”~ Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO, DIAL
Agreeing to this, Rachid Fergati, UPS’ Managing Director for the Indian subcontinent said, “With the routing of our latest freighter aircraft to Delhi, businesses in north India will gain faster access to markets in Europe and the United States. We can now offer extended pickup time, later commercial clearance and shorter time in transit to capitalise on growth opportunities in these markets.”
“The first landing of UPS’ largest aircraft, from our fleet of newly acquired Boeing 747-8, at IGI airport today, is another contribution to UPS’ goal to make the global marketplace more accessible for global consumers,” he added.
In July this year, Delhi airport had launched India’s first dedicated ‘Transshipment Centre’ in order to transform Delhi as a transhipment hub. The transhipment centre can handle an estimated 20,000 tons of cargo in a month.