MUMBAI: Air cargo volumes are expected to grow by 60 per cent over the next five years, but the infrastructure bottlenecks are a major constraint which can impede the sector's ability, a report said recently.
It also called for an increase in the cargo handling capacity by nearly 50 per cent to support the demand.
The capacity of all the airports in the Country currently stands at 4.63 million tonnes and there is a need to create at least 2 million tonnes more of capacity to meet the projected demand increase of 60 per cent over the next five years, ratings agency ICRA said in a note.
"Growing e-commerce, improving air connectivity across small airports in the Country and growth in GDP are expected to result in growth in air cargo traffic. Infrastructure bottlenecks remain a major constraint to the growth prospects of air cargo and the same need to be addressed," its sector head for corporate ratings Harsh Jagnani said.
It can be noted that the present efforts of the Government seemed to be largely focused on upping the connectivity from a passenger travel perspective.
"The air cargo infrastructure in India is increasingly getting constrained by the strong growth in traffic for last few years," the agency said.
"India needs multi-fold approach to development of cargo infrastructure which looks as upgrading existing cargo terminals with advanced technologies, development of new cargo terminals at airports, dedicated cargo airports, and air freight stations," he added.