Chennai airport registers record cargo throughput in April & May

In the first two months of the current financial year, there has been a marked improvement in both cargo throughput and revenue from cargo handling at Chennai airport. Cargo handling at airport increased by 32 per cent to a total of 42,765 tonnes up to May as against 31,649 tonnes in the same period last year. Revenue from cargo handling increased by 22 per cent to ?27 crore in the first two months as against ?22 crore in the same period last year, said a press release from Chennai airport. Major importers such as Nokia Solutions, Lenovo, Foxconn, Nissan and BMW have increased their cargo volume at the airport. The airport has facilitated single-window clearance introduced by the Customs at the air cargo complex, which is now functioning effectively. As per the advance planning to clear import cargo, major automobile, electronics and other manufacturing industries can forward their day-to-day clearance plan to Airports Authority of India in advance and in turn their cargo will be kept in readiness for delivery without wasting time for locating the consignments. This has facilitated many major import units to plan for their timely delivery, the release said. The airport has also introduced ?self-feeding? of consolidated data by respective agents without depending on AAI officials. A separate counter with computer terminals has been set up in the public dealing area on 24x7 basis. On an average, 50-100 consol related entries are fed in by the break bulk agents before finalisation of the flight segregation, the release said.

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