The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) has commissioned a cargo apron, which is capable of handling Code F (Boeing 747-8F, B 747-400F, Airbus A380-type) aircraft.
“The cargo apron up-gradation will help RGIA conveniently cater to heavy international freighters, which require increased pavement strength. Also, the revamped apron space will accommodate more number of Code-F aircraft, thus enhancing the cargo apron capacity at RGIA,” GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) chief executive officer, Vikram Jaisinghani, stated in a press release here on Wednesday.
According to RGIA, a reputed consultant was engaged to provide a comprehensive plan to build the cargo apron right adjacent to the Pharma Zone of the cargo terminal.
Following this, RGIA said, the goods processed in the Pharma Zone could be transported to the aircraft from the cargo terminal under controlled temperature. Thus, the new facility would not only help protect cold chain integrity but also reduce ground time of aircraft for quick turn-around time.
RGIA claimed it was now positioned as the ‘Pharma Hub’ of the country with 70 per cent of the exports from the airport being pharmaceuticals.
“An excellent infrastructure is essential especially to transport temperature-sensitive goods. This is another important step in the successful pharma hub cooperation between Hyderabad Airport and Lufthansa Cargo,” Lufthansa Cargo regional director, South Asia & Middle East, Carsten Hernig, stated.