The hype around Hyderabad

LUFTHANSA Cargo is due to begin a fourth service within a matter of days there and now Hyderabad International Airport is in talks with more international carriers about future operations.

“At this point [in] time we are in discussions with five major freighters to start operations from Hyderabad,” airport operator GMR Hyderabad International Airport’s chief operating officer Hemanth D P said. “Their senior management has visited us and some of them have complimented that it is one of the best airports in the world.”

At present three full-body freighters, including Emirates, operate from the Indian airport.

The airport handled 80,777 tonnes of cargo in 2010/11; 55 per cent of it was international.

GMR is also trying to attract logistics players to its free trade zone (FTZ). The FTZ would help logistics companies to warehouse, distribute, trade and add value to their commodities both in the short and long-term without an impact on import duty.

“We have started with 20 acres at this point in time and have the option to expand the FTZ area furthermore, which we will as we move along,” he said.

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