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At Bengaluru Airport, the exports are currently
growing at around 8 per cent. As economic
activities are expected to return to normal
levels in the coming months with the easing of
restrictions, we believe this will be sustained
growth. In the next 18 months, we expect annual
cargo volume to reach pre-COVID-19 levels, post
which we expect to see further growth.
“China is primarily for medical equipment,
medical kits, and medicine raw materials and
Singapore is mostly for electronic like ventilators. This traffic imbalance affects air freight
prices. We run only full charters and charge
for the full flight from retailers or forwarders
as nothing comes back,” he added.
Just like in the passenger segment, IndiGo
is building up a huge lead over its competitors
in the domestic air cargo business.
Between April to September, IndiGo operated 1,700 cargo flights and transported over
14,300 MT of freight, clocking in the highest net
monthly revenue in August 2020 from cargo
operations, despite an operational capacity of
only 32 per cent.
In May itself, IndiGo has exceeded its own
record on the highest ever tonnage carried on
a passenger freighter by uplifting 20,212 kgs
on its Kochi-Abu Dhabi flight, by outpacing
its last record of 19,193 kgs uplift on the same
route. The cargo team of the airline transported a total of 70.27 cubic metres (in air
freight, 1 cubic meter is equal to 167 kgs) of
fruits and vegetables by following all safety
measures in the flight.
“Cargo demand has been buoyant on many
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ger aircraft belly space. This has supported our cargo-incabin charters wherein with some minor equipment and
procedural changes, we have been able to carry significant
payloads on our Airbus A320/321 passenger aircraft,” said
William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo CarGo.
“Initially, there were challenges with the volume of
cargo we could carry on these flights, but we reworked our
strategy and were able to turn this into our
advantage. Within the end of the first month
of cargo charter operations, our team had
broken the record of the highest tonnage carried on an A320 passenger aircraft. Thereon,
we never looked back; we kept breaking our
own record every time,” Boulter said.
“While we are the airline of choice for
cargo to the Asian and Middle East destinations, our distinguished services have made
our customers wanting us to partner with
them for newer destinations like Tashkent,
Almaty, Bishkek, Moscow and Cairo. These
are new sectors which we have won because
of the goodwill we generated by successfully
building a reliable cargo charter product,”
“Our next focus is to continue supporting
our farmers and manufactures in tier II and
III cities to connect and sell their produce to
international destinations, by giving them
thorough connections and tailor-made solutions,” he added.
Meanwhile, the cargo handled at Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru
registered a year-on-year growth in September - the first time since the imposition of
lockdown in March. The airport has been able
to register positive growth during this period
led by a 139 per cent increase in freighter
movements in September.
From April to August 2020, Bengaluru
Airport processed 180,745 kgs of pomegran-
The cargo handled
September - the
first time since the
lockdown in March.
The airport has
been able to
growth during this
period led by a 139
per cent increase