Minister for Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, while delivering the keynote address at the India Integrated Transport & Logistics Summit 2017, said that the country has witnessed significant growth in domestic air traffic and infrastructure development. He stated that his Ministry is taking steps in order to make air transport affordable to the common man through the Regional Connectivity Scheme. He also said that air cargo is anticipated to grow by nine percent in the next few years with logistic parks expected to help with that growth.
Speaking at the plenary session of the Summit, Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation, R N Choubey informed that globally and domestically, air cargo constituted just one percent in terms of volume but almost 25% in terms of value as air cargo was mostly valuable, perishable and time sensitive.
Choubey said that a Common Framework would be created in a year’s time for air cargo so that freight operators, airlines and security as well addressee’s come within one system. This will bring efficiency in handling air cargo. The Secretary also informed that Common User Cargo Terminals would be created at 17 airports, the free period for air cargo had been brought down from 72 to 48 hours to ensure faster movement out of terminals. He added that Civil Aviation would be a great beneficiary of all the steps taken to improve transport and logistics in the country.