GMR is working on a roadmap to launch Mopa freight forwarding | Goa News

Panaji: In an effort to diversify revenue streams and ensure efficient use of resources, GMR’s airport cargo division is creating infrastructure and ground facilities at the upcoming Mopa airport that will encourage cargo operations .
GMR is working on plans to transfer the cargo which is currently being transported by road to Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai onto air freighters from the first quarter of 2023.
The Managing Director of GMR Cargo, Saurabh Kumar, pointed out that even though there are more than 200 airports in the country, jumbo cargo flights only operate from six or seven major airports in India. GMR, which operates Hyderabad and Delhi airports, is working to integrate the new Mopa airport with the seven other major airports where air cargo is handled.
“You will never find a jumbo jet landing in cities outside of these seven airports, and unless that kind of air cargo arrives, the multimodal integration we’re talking about won’t happen. This is something we have planned, which is the basis for our development at the next Mopa airport,” Kumar told a conference in Goa organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry.
GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL), a subsidiary of GMR Airports Infrastructure, plans to set up a logistics park on the 232 acres of commercial land available in Mopa.
“We are developing a world-class integrated air cargo terminal capable of handling widebody Boeing 747s, Boeing 777s and all manner of major bulk cargo for which the only option today is Mumbai, Hyderabad or Chennai. So rather than goods going out of Goa to Mumbai, goods will start arriving in Goa to be shipped overseas,” Kumar said.
In 2020, GMR had estimated that Goa’s freight movement would exceed 1,00,000 metric tons by around 2045.
Kumar said customer requirements are changing, with greater emphasis on minimizing delays, cost efficiency and cargo security, which is not possible with road transport. He said the best form of multimodal logistics is to integrate airports, seaports and railways so that the customer can get all the services in one platform.
“Multimodal logistics means that at least two main modes of transport must be brought together. The best is if there is a train, a port and an airport nearby. Goa, given its advantages both in terms of good road connectivity, a very good port and the upcoming airport infrastructure improvements that we are carrying out ourselves, is perfectly positioned,” Kumar said.
“Today 100% of exported cargo goes to Mumbai, but most sensitive cargo doesn’t like the vibrations on the road, so instead of cargo from Goa going to Mumbai, we are working to ensure that we can bring imports into Goa which will serve all places like Mumbai and Chennai,” he said.

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