With cargo growing at 8-9 per cent per cent every year, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) says it is in the process of doubling the cargo-handling capacity of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD) , in the next couple of years.
The airport currently handles 150,000 tonnes of cargo although the facility was originally designed to handle only 100,000 tonnes, SGK Kishore, chief executive officer of GHIAL says, adding this was only possible because of efficient operation.
Of this growth of nearly 10 per cent, nearly 50-60 per cent is comprised of pharmaceutical products, requiring specialist handling and storage.
”We’re doing a study on the requirement for increasing the cargo-handling capacity, which category of cargo, and what facility is required. So, when I say doubling, the present 1.5 lakh ([150,000] tonnes could become three lakh [300,000] tonnes,” he says according to the Press Trust of India.
He adds that when the study is concluded and proposed designs are made available, the final figure will be decided on, Kishore told Indian reporters.
”Assuming the new facilities (after expansion) are in place in the next two or two-and-a-half years, it will be the time for us to handle the additional capacities,” he adds.
Kishore also adds that specialised terminals to handle perishables and express cargo were being also currently being set up, alongside a logistics park on a a 40.5 hectare piece of land.