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Delhi Airport witnesses significant surge in Freighter Aircraft Movement in September’ 2020

New Delhi, (Global News) : Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a GMR Group-led company, today announced that it has witnessed significant surge in Cargo Tonnage and Cargo Aircraft movements in the month of September ’20. Gradual opening up of economic activities in the country over the past few months after the lockdown period is showing positive signs of recovery.

The Air Cargo performance in the month of September 2020 came with a positive note for Delhi Airport, when it recorded largest ever cargo aircraft movement of 2,366 flights in a single month. Delhi Airport also witnessed highest ever monthly cargo volume of around 77,000 MT after April this year. With this, Delhi Airport cargo throughput has met impressive recovery of 94% in Sep ’20 when compared to same month last year. Between April to September 2020, Delhi Airport has handled nearly 288,000 MT of cargo; which is expected to grow further in the coming months.

The above milestone of highest ever freighter traffic movement has been accomplished with continued and collective support from all the stakeholders of the air cargo community, whom the Delhi Airport Team works closely with. DIAL has also recently developed 3 additional freighter parking bays, taking the total number of dedicated freighter bays to 12, and thereby significantly enhancing the capacity of handling cargo freighters at the airport for ensuring fast and efficient operations.

“Air Cargo plays a critical role contributing to economic sustainability of a country with round-the-clock operations.  The most significant impact witnessed from COVID-19 pandemic is, all the stakeholders including exporters, importers, logistics companies,  freight forwarders/agents, government, airlines, cargo terminal operators, airports coming together to synergise and  successfully collaborate to keep the industry flying high and moving ahead against all odds”, CEO-DIAL, Videh Kumar Jaipuriar said.

While Delhi Airport has been witnessing continued surge in freighter movements for last couple of months, freighter airlines including passenger aircraft used to carry cargo (P2C) have significantly contributed in creating capacities to meet the demand. For example, Delhi airport, working with its stakeholder Air Logistic Group, achieved the milestone of highest ever single uplift for any of the airlines. Alitalia Airlines, which is operating weekly P2C flights on Delhi-Rome route since June 2020, carried 58 tonnes of cargo on its Boeing 777-300 aircraft. Such cargo movement represents a positive sign of market revival and growth in air cargo business. Looking at revival of the business activities, Delhi Airport is optimistic of regaining the air cargo market trend soon, and working together with stakeholders to move ahead for greater milestones.