NEW DELHI: The Centre is considering a proposal to set up a dedicated cargo airport one each at Telangana and Uttar Pradesh to meet the requirements of the Country.
Telangana wants a dedicated cargo airport to be built in Northern Hyderabad, while Uttar Pradesh is seeking green signal to construct airport in Western part of the State, Airport Authority sources said.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has appointed a consultant to study and suggest the site(s) in the Country that can be developed as dedicated cargo airport.
Once the sites and plans are finalized, and after ascertaining that they would be geographically suitable for air transportation, the Airport Authority of India will undertake the construction. The cargo airports will act as air cargo hubs of the Country.
The site has to be consumption cluster where there is a huge demand for consumer goods to ensure commercial viability for airlines. It should also be an ‘industrial cluster’ — where there are many goods manufacturing units and a huge industrial base.
Besides, the site should also have well-connected rail and road and airport network for multi-modal transport connectivity, the sources said. The site should also be able to handle large aircraft for transporting cargo in large volumes and for airlifting purposes.
Airport authority of India is maintaining the old Begumpet airport in Hyderabad where the dedicated cargo complex could come up.
As far as Uttar Pradesh is concerned, the sources said the operational airports are in Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow and Varanasi — where commercial flights run their business carrying passengers and cargo.