RGIA posts 80 pc growth in International Cargo handling

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Hyderabad, Oct 6 (UNI) The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad has logged a 80 per cent growth in handling international Cargo during September this year.

A company release here today said the RGIA handled a total tonnage of 3,570 tonnes of International cargo in September 2008 as compared to 1,986 tonnes handled at the Begumpet Airport during the corresponding period last year, marking an impressive increase of 80 per cent.

In the first six months of its commercial operations -- April-September 2008 -- RGIA clocked a 50 per cent increase in international cargo handling. It handled 18,000 tonnes of international cargo during this period compared to 11,000 tonnes at Begumpet Airport during the corresponding period last year.

''We are proud that RGIA has set a record in international cargo handling in the six-month period. Cargo handling at RGIA is picking up fast. Thanks to our aggressive marketing strategies, we are attracting more cargo carriers and freighters to Hyderabad.

Earlier, the cargo traffic used to be diverted to other cities, but RGIA has successfully commenced reversing this trend,'' GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) Chief Commercial Officer Viswanath Attaluri said.

''With one of the longest runways in the country, RGIA was attracting more long-haul flights and cargo freighters with no payload restrictions. One of the world's biggest cargo plane-- Boeing 747-400 F, had landed at RGIA in early September to pick up International Cargo from here,'' Mr Attaluri added.

The Air Cargo Complex at RGIA currently has a capacity to handle 1,00,000 tonnes per annum of cargo. The ultimate cargo handling capacity will be 1.3 million tonnes per annum.

RGIA had dedicated cargo apron facilities both for handling regular and freighter operations with four code 'C' freighter aircraft. The RGIA, Hyderabad, is centrally located with two hours' flying time from all major cities in India and three to five hours from all South-East Asian countries.

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