Hit by the on-going pandemic and non-operability of international flights the operator in charge for the international air cargo services at Vizag airport has served its termination notice to AAICLAS (AAI cargo logistics and allied services company).
Albeit the handling of the international air cargo at Vizag airport was assigned to APTPC i.e. Andhra Pradesh trade promotion council(its custodian) it had in turn outsourced the operations to an experienced air cargo operator i.e. GSEC(Gujarat state export corporation limited) which has been operating since November 2017 at Vizag airport.
However with the pandemic and non-operation of international flights GSEC has given its termination notice to APTPC who in turn has submitted it to AAICLAS citing its inability to handle international air cargo services.
‘We have had zero business since the beginning of the lockdown in March 2020 while we keep paying high rentals and other surging fixed costs at Vizag’ stated Mr Samir Mankad, whole-time CEO and director, GSEC speaking to Vizag Industrial Scan.
Currently the only other airport GSEC is present at is Ahmedabad.
The Vizag airport authorities have however clarified that there shall be no disruption in the cargo movement and that for now both domestic and international cargo will be handled by AAICLAS.
In addition APTPC is looking for another air cargo operator. ‘We are also looking for a new third party who has experience in air cargo operations and who could be part of this opportunity’ said Mr G Rajendra Prasad, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, APTPC.
An industry stakeholder stated that Vizag and its surrounding area has immense scope for Air cargo business as the region is home to several companies in the sectors of high value, perishables and textiles goods which typically benefit from air cargo operations.