NEW DELHI: The Centre has identified as many as 24 airports for developing domestic air cargo terminals to facilitate faster movement of cargo and increase revenues.
The move comes as the Ministry of Civil foresees a cargo traffic boom in both urban and rural areas.
Civil Aviation Secretary Ashok Lavasa said development of cargo infrastructure throughout the country would be in sync with the Centre’s plan for development of air cargo facilities and national logistics network.
Additional infrastructure would be planned and put in place wherever feasible, after a thorough review, he said.
Air cargo represents about 10 per cent of the aviation industries’ revenue and around 35 per cent of the value of goods traded internationally is transported through air.
The govt had recently developed cargo terminal buildings at Coimbatore and Trichy.
Besides, the Airport Authority of India has established at Mangalore Airport separate facilities for handling international and domestic cargos.