Dubai first flight as new air cargo terminal in Pune launched
The first air cargo flight from Prune’s new air cargo terminal took off this week, bound for Dubai.
The air trans-shipment facility at Pune’s airport became operational in March, but had not been used until now due to a lack of interest from the market.
“From today (Thursday), we are ready with our international cargo exports and we will be exporting cargo to Dubai on Air India flight,” says Suhas Jadhav, station manager of Air India in Pune.
“We will use the trans-shipment facility to transport cargo to other international destinations,” he added.
Jet Airways is reportedly planning to join Air India in using the new air cargo terminal for international exports.
Senior customs officials told local India media that the trans-shipment facility had opened vast business opportunities.
“This has opened opportunities for Pune-based exporters who may now clear air shipments bound for Europe, Africa and the US. It has also helped in overcoming limitations of export destinations due to limited number of outbound international flights from Pune,” Pune customs commissioner MVS Choudary said.
Pune customs commissioner MVS Choudary said the timing of Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Talegaon has been extended till 10 pm to facilitate movement of exports.
“This has reduced the lead time for movement of goods from ICD to gateway port by 24 hours. All the exporters/ importers based in Pune and adjoining districts can utilise the facility,” Choudary said.