Indore: At a time when the economy is on a downward spiral, the Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport bucked the trend on Tuesday with the inauguration of Domestic Cargo Handing Service with two cargo flights and rolling out commercial flights to five destinations. With this, the total movement of passenger flights rose to 34 from the city airport.
AAI-CLAS domestic air Cargo service rolled-out
Airport Authority of India’s Cargo and Logistic Allied Services (AAI-CLAS), a cargo business handling wing of AAI, rolled out Domestic Air Cargo Operation from Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport from Tuesday. More importantly, two airlines also kicked-off cargo flights from the city.
AAI-CLAS has taken over Domestic Air Cargo Operation from M/s GSEC Ltd. who used to manage domestic cargo on behalf of AAI-CLAS. The service has started at the old terminal building of the airport. MP Shankar Lalwani and Airport Director Aryama Sanyal inaugurate the new service by cutting the ribbon of the Domestic Cargo service. On this occasion, in-charge of AAI-CLAS RC Dabas, Deputy Commandant of CISF, and representatives of airlines, Bureau of Civil Aviation Safety (BCAS), Customs Department, GSEC Ltd. and Government E-Maraket place (Gem) Portal were also present.
MP Lalwani said that the domestic cargo is gaining momentum from the city airport and now 15-18 tonnes of goods are being sent daily. Earlier this arrangement was in the hands of private-sector contractor but now Indore Airport will operate it. Around 30-35 tonnes of goods were sent daily from Indore prior to lockdown, which decreased during the lockdown, but now it is gaining momentum again.
Aryama Sanyal, Airport Director, informed that right now we have started the basic module of ICMS. We have initiated the next phase for which work is in progress. We will also integrate airlines and other government agencies so that the end-user i.e. customer, who wants to import or export, can have all the agencies at a single window.
Flight for Lucknow, Jaipur, New Delhi, Nagpur, Hyderabad starts
Flights for 5 destination - Lucknow, New Delhi, Jaipur, Nagpur and Hyderabad - started on Tuesday, making it a red-letter day for the airport and aviation sector with 34 flight movements.
Aryama Sanyal said the total number of arriving passengers stood at 1212 and total number of departing passengers was 1236. The number of arriving flights was 17 including 11 of Indigo, 2 of Air Asia, 2 of Star Air and one each of Air India and Vistara. An equal number of flight of these airlines also departed from the airport. Two flights of Trujet and two of Go Air were cancelled on Tuesday.
Flight for Goa from 16 Sept
IndiGO will start flight for tourist destination Goa from September 16. Ullas Nair, Proprietor of Vistaar Travels, informed that the flight 6E-245 will depart from the city at 10.35 hours and arrived Goa at 12.30 hours. The flight 6E-252 will depart from Goa at 13.00 hours and arrive here at 14.45 hours. Nair said that the booking has been started and the initial one side fare is Rs 3500. He said that there is no testing for travellers coming to Goa, be it road, rail or air.
Compulsory testing for international air, sea passengers will continue. Bars, spas and massage parlours will open in Goa from Tuesday. However, the casino on the river cruise is still banned.