The Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) on Friday commissioned what it called the country’s first dedicated express cargo terminal at Kempegowda International Airport.
Developed by the BIAL, the 200,000 sq. ft. built-to-suit facility will house global express courier organisations such as DHL Express and FedEx Express. Express Industry Council of India (EICI) will operate the Common-User Express Terminal for other courier companies. The Common-user Terminal will add impetus to Bengaluru’s already strong e-commerce base. The Terminal will have a dedicated space for Customs offices, and direct access to both Landside and Airside, the airport said in a press release.
“At South India’s busiest Cargo Airport, this exclusive Terminal for express couriers at BLR Airport will significantly boost the trade and economy of the region. The new Terminal will enable ease of doing business and reduce transaction time and cost for the shipper by providing a dedicated facility for express courier shipments,” M. Srinivas, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Bengaluru Zone.
“BLR Airport is well on track towards becoming a cargo hub, offering world-class infrastructure, powered by leading global logistics providers. With express courier gaining greater significance following the exponential growth of e-commerce, the Express Cargo Terminal at BLR Airport is a significant step towards supporting and driving this growth. In addition, it will facilitate trade and faster movement of goods across the world,” said BIAL chief executive Hari Marar.
The new facility will enable the airport to process 150,000 Metric Tonnes (MT) annually, taking the airport’s overall annual cargo capacity to 720,000 MT, from the existing 570,000 MT.