The strong relationship between growth in international trade and logistics infrastructure is widely acknowledged. As product life cycles have shortened and demand of rapid delivery has increased, the demand of air cargo transportation has grown significantly over the last few years. 35% of global trends moves by air in terms of value of goods, which represents almost US 6.4 Trillion globally. Changing business environment where, speed to market is a competitive imperative, movement of inventory is no longer viewed as compartmentalized process.
In fast growing countries like India an efficient logistics infrastructure acts as an economic catalyst contributing directly to the global competitiveness. . Indian market has maintained its growth momentum both in terms of passengers and cargo traffic with the rapid growth achieved in the recent years.
India is poised to take big leap in manufacturing sector with make in India initiative, for which development of infrastructure and logistics play a vital role. Since it’s inception Airports Authority of India has been pioneering the development of International cargo operations in the country at various metro and non metro airports. AAI has capability of handling needs of express and general cargo with facilities for temperature sensitive cargo, perishable, pharmaceutical and dangerous goods. Further to this Ministry of Civil Aviation is looking forward for developing domestic air cargo in the country by setting up common user domestic cargo terminals.
Keeping in mind the current economic boom, the importance of air cargo and its impact on the overall economy of India, AAI proposed to demerge and corporatize the cargo department into functionally and administratively independent organization, which is professionally driven and responsive service enterprise. With a vision to become the foremost integrated logistics network in India, AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services Company Limited (AAICLAS) was incorporated on 11th August 2016. It will work as multi modal interface linking air, surface & water transport. Thus becoming the largest networked and fastest logistic solution provider company of India. AAICLAS will promote, represent, organize, undertake, establish, conduct, handle, arrange, own, operate, participate, facilitate, sponsor, encourage, and provide the business as Cargo Terminal Operator, Free Trade Zone, Air Freight Station and Inland container depot for cargo and passengers.