Top international markets for cargo are the US, UK and UAE.
The Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) recorded its highest-ever cargo tonnage in the financial year (FY) 2022, despite challenging circumstances due to multiple Covid waves.
BLR Airport processed an all-time high tonnage for a fiscal year since Airport Opening Day (AOD) of 411,513 Metric Tonnes (MT) of cargo, recording a growth of 26% as against 326,643MT in FY 2021. International cargo recorded a 31% growth, 271,988MT processed, as compared to 207,518 MT in FY 2021. Domestic cargo grew at 17%, with 139,525MT versus 119,125MT in FY 2021.
Perishable cargo has been one of the major growth drivers for BLR Airport. It ranks as the number 1 airport in the country for handling perishables — estimated to account for 31% of India’s total perishable shipments.
BLR Airport processed 39,518 MT of cargo in October 2021 — the highest ever for a month since AOD. International cargo processed (both imports and exports) was also the highest ever in October 2021, accounting for 25,695 MT. The airport achieved a significant record by gaining 13% of India’s air cargo market share and 45% of South India’s air cargo market share. With this achievement, BLR Airport has become the only major airport in the country to show growth over pre-pandemic levels.
Air Traffic Movements Showing Growth
Air Traffic Movements (ATM) at BLR Airport witnessed a recovery of 64% in FY 2022 compared to FY 2020. The domestic ATM recovery was at 66% while the international recovery was at 51%.
New International Routes
Scheduled international operations commenced effective 27 March 2022, and as a result, airlines have started reinstating their pre-Covid international network from BLR Airport. By Q2 of FY 23, airlines at BLR Airport are expected to serve most of their international pre-covid non-stop destinations.
Source : ITLN