AVIATION SECURITY CIRCULAR ON CARDS, AIR FREIGHT STATION POLICY IN 30 DAYS: LAVASA

AVIATION SECURITY CIRCULAR ON CARDS, AIR FREIGHT STATION POLICY IN 30 DAYS: LAVASA

AVIATION SECURITY CIRCULAR ON CARDS, AIR FREIGHT STATION POLICY IN 30 DAYS: LAVASA

No.PR-60
July 11, 2014
New Delhi

AVIATION SECURITY CIRCULAR ON CARDS, AIR FREIGHT STATION POLICY IN 30 DAYS: LAVASA

The Ministry of Civil Aviation would shortly allow airport developers to clear the air cargo provided the required customs related formalities are completed as per established rules & regulations as also come out with air freight station policy to enable airport developers to clear such cargo into 24x7 service mode. 

The aforesaid observations were made by Mr. Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation here today while inaugurating a Round Table on Indian Air Cargo: Future Outlook, organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and GMR Group.

Mr. Lavasa said that while the air freight station policy would be announced within a month time to ensure facilitation of smoother clearances of air cargo, the work was on for issuance of aviation security circular within the concerned stake holders of aviation sector including its regulator.

The Secretary, Civil Aviation was also of the view that while the government including the Airport Authority of India would do its best to put in place simplified procedures and rules & regulations to ensure that air cargo is cleared off, honouring all security commitments so that the designated airport developers do not face clearance hurdles.

The cargo clearances would happen in 24x7 mode provided the established procedures were fully adhered to so that the security fronts are more than adequately taken care of with parameters established in the proposed aviation security circular, said Mr. Lavasa.

He pointed out that the air cargo logistics promotion board set up some times ago has already met twice in the last four months.  In its recent deliberations, issues relating to creating cargo complexes in the proposed 24 airports was seriously deliberated upon, said Mr. Lavasa adding that work on five airports have already started and for remaining 19 airports, the approvals are being considered at different levels.

The government has already committed 74% of Foreign Direct Investments in cargo handling and since the sector was promising in terms of its economic activities that the government would do all possible to make the civil aviation so vibrant as to meet the growing aspirations of air travelers, said Mr. Lavasa.

In her special address, Ms. Canan Celebioglu, Vice Chairperson, Celebi Holdings, Istanbul Turkey sought to build a joint spirit for sustained partnership for the growth of civil aviation sector of Turkey and India so that both the nations benefit out of it in an equitable and fair manner.

Mr. Alok B Shriram, Sr. Vice President, PHD Chamber who also spoke on the occasion complemented the Finance Minister for announcing a number of sops and incentives to fuel and stoke growth in the Indian civil sector in its budget for current fiscal, hoping that the Indian industry would be able to take full advantage of them to build a new civil aviation.

Mr. M K Narayana Rao, Chairman, Civil Aviation Committee of PHD Chamber and its Executive Director Mr. Saurabh Sanyal also participated in the round table with their inputs for widening its reach.
ENDS
Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal
Consultant (PR)