Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New cargo operations at Nashik

Posted by- Neelam Mathews 

Sept 20, 2011

HALCON, a joint working group between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd(HAL) and Container Corporation of India (Concor) along with the terminal operator – Clarion Solutions , part of shipping and logistics conglomerate – Transworld Group, have started air cargo services at Ojhar airport, Nashik. 

The facility at Ojhar airport has a full-fledged Air Cargo Complex, warehousing, integrated packing center for perishables, cold storage, screening, unitizing/ palletization, comprehensive ground handling services for airlines, CCTV surveillance, bar-coding, labelling, 100% power back up, customs with EDI linkage.

The infrastructure developed by HAL at Ojhar will now be utilized for export and import activities by facilitating air cargo services from its Nasik base in Maharashtra. The facility is managed and operated by Clarion Solutions, which is assigned as a terminal operator, ground handling operator and regulated agent. 

 Ganesh Krishnan, CEO, Clarion Solutions said, “We strongly believe that Nashik has all the potential to develop as a hub for air cargo services in western India. Being situated at the center of various industry verticals and its proximity to Mumbai Agra National highway, Ojhar airport becomes a real viable alternative solution for the EXIM trade.” 

“Through HALCON, we are pleased to announce the commencement of Ojhar airport for air cargo services. Our airport is …. capable of handling AN-124 which is the heaviest aircraft in the world. We have invested nearly Rs. 70 crores to upgrade the existing infrastructure, like creating additional parking space, enhancing the Fire Category from CAT V to CAT X which as per ICAO standard. 

The airport facility has a  night landing facility. Being strategically located and having state-of-the-art infrastructure, Ojhar airport will definitely have an edge, in view of the congestion that every airline faces today at Mumbai airport for night parking, landing and cargo movement, said Deshmukh.

 “With the rapid growth of industry and commerce in India, it is imperative that high quality logistics support is provided for transportation of goods within India and to international markets. Through the facility at HALCON, Nasik, Clarion solutions are poised to provide such services to customers,” V. Ramnarayan, Vice Chairman, Transworld Group of Companies said,

“HALCON's state of art dry port facilities/services coupled with HAL's well equipped infrastrucutre is a unique combination with a vision to make the airport an Air Cargo Hub in the map of western India,” said  Kiran Kumar, CEO, HALCON.

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