Emirates Skycargo begins Lucknow operations

PTI New Delhi | Updated on April 27, 2011 Published on April 27, 2011

An air-hostess of Emirates Airlines welcomes visitors to the Logistics exhibition. Emirates SkyCargo, an air freight division has set up a stall at the Logistics exhibition (file photo)

(PTI) Emirates SkyCargo today said it has begun cargo operations from Lucknow and plans to expand services to more secondary markets, like Jaipur, Coimbatore and Amritsar soon.

Exporters from Uttar Pradesh to the United Arab Emirates can now directly ship their cargo using the SkyDubai network of 111 cities and 66 countries on six continents.

“We are glad to to have expanded our operations and launched our office in Lucknow, a city that has a growing importance for us from a business perspective,” Emirates SkyCargo Cargo Manager (India & Nepal), Mr Keki Patel said here today.

“Now, we are looking to expand to secondary markets. When I say secondary markets, I mean Jaipur, Coimbatore and Amritsar and Chandigarh and Lucknow and Kanpur, Varanasi, Indore, Vishakhapatnam,” he said.

The cargo airliner, which already operates from 10 stations in India, will offer interline cargo capacity on a thrice—a week—service on the Lucknow—Dubai—Lucknow route.

An interline agreement allows one airline to carry passengers or freight of another based on a formal arrangement between the airlines which involves the coordination of baggage checks, carriage or air cargo, etc.

“This new development will now provide them an efficient and most cost effective option,” the company’s Cargo Manager (North India), Mr Halim Modassir said.

On being asked if the airliner plans to start direct freighter services sometime in future, Patel said that would depend on how the region is responding to the new service.

“The freighter that we have is Boeing 777 F, with up to 110 tonnes of cargo capacity. We are not sure if Lucknow Airport can handle that kind of load for a scheduled flight. But if the market requires a freighter, we will definitely bring it in,” he said.

He said the Indian market has tremendous opportunity for cargo growth, with pharmaceuticals, telecom and automotive industry making the biggest contribution.

In 2009—10, Emirates SkyDubai carried 1.6 million tonnes of cargo, garnering a revenue of $1.7 billion.

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Published on April 27, 2011
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