GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC) partners Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) to jointly promote international cargo through the launch of a cargo feeder system.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two will create a one-of-its-kind ‘First Mile and Last Mile Cargo Bus Feeder Service’ (BFS) that will connect GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo Terminal to other parts of Telangana and neighbouring states.
As per the MoU, TSRTC will start first-mile pick-up and delivery service to GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo Terminal. It will also provide the last mile connectivity for international import shipments landing at Hyderabad Airport for connections to hinterland areas in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
This partnership also envisages the start of a Reefer Cargo Bus Service that would provide reliable connectivity for exports of pharma and perishable products through Hyderabad Airport (HYD).
Speaking on this initiative, SGK Kishore, ED- South & CIO, GMR Airports, says: “This MoU between GMR Cargo and TSRTC is a strategic milestone towards developing a multi-modal air cargo corridor. Capitalising on the strong road connectivity in Telangana, excellent network of TSRTC along with the world-class facilities and global connectivity offered by GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo, the partnership will open up significant new business opportunities for all the stakeholders involved in international air cargo trade.”
He adds that the initiative will boost not only the volumes but the value chain of the imports and exports through Hyderabad.
GMR Cargo and TSRTC will jointly market the first and last mile TSRTC Cargo Bus Feeder Service among the air cargo sector. As part of the MoU, GMR Cargo will be starting Cargo Bus service covering key feeder and delivery routes. GMR Cargo will also open TSRTC Counters at the Cargo Terminal for booking and delivery related services.
Puvvada Ajay Kumar, Minister for Transport, Government of Telangana, says: “This is a great beginning of a wonderful partnership between TSRTC and GMR. Today’s beginning is a stepping stone for both the organisations to grow and prosper. This partnership will provide a seamless connectivity in logistic services at economical rates in Telangana state and other neighbouring states as well.”
GHAC is one of India’s leading air cargo terminals providing a range of facilities to cater to various types/commodities of cargo. It specialises in handling sensitive cargo such as Pharma, Vaccines, Perishables, Aerospace, Engineering & Electronic Goods.
The facility also has dedicated cold rooms and processing facilities to handle temperature controlled shipments down to -20 degree C. The airport has international connectivity through dedicated freighters, charters and passenger airlines connecting South-Central India to over 200 destinations globally.