CHENNAI: Concerted efforts of Chennai airport to enhance its cargo throughput by focusing more on technology and less on human interference is paying off as major importers have started increasing their volumes.
Speaking to Express, Airport Authority of India director Deepak Shastri said revenue from cargo handling in Chennai Airport has gone up to Rs 27 crore when compared to Rs 22 crore earned during the previous year. The cargo throughput up to May 2016 is a total of 42,765 million tonnes as against 31,649 million tonnes last year.
Some of our customers who have migrated to other airports are now coming back due to a series of measures undertaken under ease of doing business, he said.
Currently, major importers like Nokia Solutions, Lenovo, Foxcon, Nissan and BMW have increased their volumes.
“We have come up with online clearing of consignment besides the latest facilitation of single window clearance introduced by Customs department in the air cargo complex,” he added.
Shastri said the airport has introduced the concept of Advance Planning for clearance of import cargo. “As per this new concept, major units of automobile, electronics and other manufacturing industries can forward their day to day clearance plan to AAI well in advance and in turn their cargo will be kept in readiness for delivery without wasting any time for locating the consignments.” he explained.