Mangaluru, June 25: The commissioning of ‘The common user domestic cargo terminal (CUDCT)’ was held at Mangaluru International Airport, Kenjar, Bajpe on Thursday, June 25th.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) along with Cargo Services Centre, has commissioned the domestic cargo terminal. It will be handled by M/s CSC India Pvt Ltd, Mumbai on behalf of AAI from midnight.
The domestic cargo terminal was inaugurated by Mangalore Airport director J T Radhakrishnan in presence of Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) president Nigam Vasani, chairman of Cargo Service Centre Tushar Jani and other dignitaries.
J T Radhakrishnan in his address, said, in air cargo operations, major airports like Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata are stronger. This air cargo services should also trickle to two-tier cities. Most of the business takes place in two-tier cities of India. Currently, 30 domestic flights are operating (15 arrivals and 15 departures) in Mangaluru. If all these flights carry domestic cargo daily, every month 2,000 tonne of cargo can be transported. This will help to increase the revenue of the airport and hugely benefit Mangaluru region, he said.
Radhakrishnan said, cargo will bring huge business. Within two months there will be a vast change in the airport terminal. Already Shopper’s Stop has set up its outlet and Safari Industry too has come forward. Also, there will be a prepaid shop and four food courts will be opened inside the airport.
Nigam Vasani congratulated the airport director for this initiative and said, the air cargo will help in the economic growth of our region. We wish to see Mangaluru airport attract new businesses and contribute to the economy of this district.
Tushar Jani said, major developments will be witnessed in two and three-tier cities and disposable income will increase in these cities. Mangaluru is among the two-tier cities. The domestic cargo service will also cut the transit time.
Srikrishna Rao, president of Udupi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gurmeet Kalra, general manager of Cargo Services Centre, India and others were present.