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AAI planning international air cargo facility at Coimbatore airport

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to have a world-class international cargo facility in Coimbatore to tap the export cargo business in a year.

Inaugurating a new 1500square meter domestic cargo terminal at Chennai airport on August eleven, AAI Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said export cargo from Coimbatore - which is a manufacturing hub -- is being routed through Kochi.

"We want to capture that business. The facility should be built in a year. The airport is doing good in cargo but we want to expand international cargo."

Mohapatra said AAI was planning a tremendous push in cargo business and Chennai has done well in volumes.

He said that Rs186 crore worth cargo was handled during the first four months of the current financial year which is a 27 per cent increase when compared the corresponding period last year.

Chennai airport will get three more domestic cargo terminals next year. The new terminals are being built so that the entire cargo operations can be moved out of the old airport building. The airport handles around 90,000tons of cargo per year.

A senior official said the domestic cargo volumes handled by the AAI, Air India and Blue Dart were scattered and would be streamlined into four terminals when the three new ones were opened next year in Chennai airport.


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