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ICRA reports on stressed financial health of airline operators

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) had launched the UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) scheme in 2016 as a Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) to enhance regional connectivity through fiscal support and infrastructure development. However, as on May 31, 2021, only 47% of total routes and 39% of airports (unserved and underserved) have been operationalised[1] under UDAN. The number of new RCS routes which started operations increased at a healthy pace and stood at 102 and 120 routes in FY2019 and FY2020 respectively, but have declined to 77 new routes in FY2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During FY2018 – FY2021, a total of Rs. 3,350 crores have been incurred by the Central Government towards the UDAN scheme and the budgeted outlay for FY2022 is Rs. 1,130 crores. Giving more insights, Shubham Jain, SVP & Group Head, Corporate Ratings, ICRA, says, “The slow progress of UDAN implementation is attributable to delayed upgradation of infrastructure and readiness of airports, due to lack of adequate right of way (including insufficient runway lengths) at some of the RCS airports and delays in securing necessary regulatory approvals. Low demand on few routes awarded, adverse and unpredictable weather conditions leads to inconsistent operations and have also resulted in closure of operations by some airlines in a few cases. The second wave of the pandemic, which started from mid of March 2021 would further impact the UDAN scheme going forward with aviation being one of the worst-hit infrastructure sectors.”

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Special trains between Kakinada Port & Vizag

The railways have decided to run MEMU express special trains between Kakinada Port and Visakhapatnam. Train no. 07265 Kakinada Port-Visakhapatnam MEMU special train will leave Kakinada Port at 4.25 a.m. with effect from July 19 and arrive in Visakhapatnam at 9.40 a.m. In the return direction, 07266 Visakhapatnam-Kakinada Port MEMU special will leave Visakhapatnam at 5.05 p.m. with effect from July 19 to reach Kakinada Port at 10.10hrs. These trains will have stoppages at Kakinada Town, Samalkot, Pithapuram, Gollaprolu, Annavaram, Tuni, Gullipadu, Narsipatnam Road, Regupalem, Elamanchili, Narasingapalli, Anakapalle and Marripalem. These trains will have 16 coaches of MEMU rake.

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Govt plans to use clean energy for logistics

Stating that India is one of the fastest-growing economies, leading through sustainable and climate-neutral development, Gadkari said, Society should be livable, workable, and sustainable for all with an important focus on ethics, ecology, and the environment.The minister said his ministry is working to create opportunities for alternative clean and green transport fuels like electricity, bio-CNG, LNG, biodiesel, ethanol, methanol, and hydrogen fuel cell.The government is promoting the use of renewable energy to charge electric vehicles, he said, adding, we have abundant solar energy. The government has planned to shift public transport and logistics to 100 per cent clean energy sources, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said, asserting that India has made significant progress towards improving green energy access over the last decade.

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Transpost, digital platform for Customs Brokers and Forwarders

Nebiar Technologies and Solutions Pvt Ltd.,launches a digital platform made specifically for Customs Brokers and Forwarders. The platform is called Transpost, which is designed to function as an operating system for its customers. It will act as a bridge between a fragmented segment of the market and shipping Lines. This makes its value proposition very strong and innovative. The platform will host several products and features which enable customers to ship cargo by sea with minimum effort and cost. The platform simplifies complexities of the shipping process and promotes efficiency for accelerating growth and revenue for the shipping lines and its customers. Promoted by Industry specialists and funded by Seven Island Logistics Pvt Ltd with majority stake in the company, brings the best of experience and innovation to the market.

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Cathay Pacific cargo introduces Ultra Track for real-time monitoring

Cathay Pacific Cargo is introducing Ultra Track, its multi-dimensional tracking product, to its network, with a phased introduction at 29 ports across the globe. Cathay Pacific Cargo’s Ultra Track uses the Descartes Core Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)TM Network, Tags and Readers. These data-loggers and transmitters offer visibility to Cathay Pacific Cargo customers who can now monitor shipments in near real-time through the airport-to-airport leg of the air-cargo journey. This is the first Cathay Pacific IoT (internet of things) application that enables remote connection to shipments. Ultra Track is suitable for pharmaceutical, perishable and other vulnerable shipments. The loggers record and transmit data to Bluetooth readers in the cargo terminal and on the airside ramp area. Data includes GPS location and temperature – and depending on the type of shipment, this can be extended to include light, humidity (for example, for cut-flower shipments) and vibration, which is important for sensitive specialist cargo such as stepper machines, the printing presses for microchips.

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Volga-Dnepr flies custom-built compressor from Zurich to Abu Dhabi

Russian freighter operator Volga-Dnepr Airlines, in partnership with logistics provider Geodis, has transported a large custom-built compressor from Zurich, Switzerland to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.The carrier said that the special, one-of-a-kind cargo — measuring 15.65 m x 4.40 m x 3.85 m and weighing 100 tonnes — was one of the largest out-of-gauge shipments ever carried on one of its An-124-150 aircraft. Volga-Dnepr’s operational base in Dubai coordinated each step of the process, supported by load planners and a commercial team. Artemiy Ivanovskiy, regional manager, India, Middle East and Africa, at Volga-Dnepr Airlines, commented: “With strict delivery deadlines from the onset we were battling with many challenges from production, assembly, operations handling and other facets. Thanks to clear and straightforward communication with all the stakeholders, we were able to resolve them and come up with a comprehensive action plan to accomplish this complex transportation, meeting [our] customer’s requirements and getting positive feedback in the end.”

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Hans Airways selects Air Logistics Group as GSSA

UK-based start-up carrier Hans Airways has selected Air Logistics Group as its general sales and service agent (GSSA) for cargo sales across its network. The exclusive GSSA agreement, effective from August 1, will see the GSSA providing the carrier with full cargo sales, marketing, online booking and customer service support across its network. Stephen Dawkins, chief executive at Air Logistics Group, commented: “Hans Airways is an exciting new face in the airline industry and will be operating on a vital trade route between the UK and India. We are confident that their new service from the UK to India is just the start, and that we can build the cargo business across the Hans Airways network as it expands.” Ian Davies, chief operating officer at Hans Airways, added: “In Air Logistics Group, we are confident that we have chosen a partner capable of providing the selling expertise, fast response times and service levels and that the freight community will expect from [us]. With experienced staff, and the network to provide effective coverage of our planned routes, Air Logistics Group is well-positioned to be the face of the Hans Airways cargo team.”

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CMA CGM Group extends its footprints in Nepal

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, launched its Carrier Haulage service from Kolkata to Biratnagar via road, where the first shipment was successfully transported on July 6th 2021. With this service, the Group is able to provide a seamless, one-stop solution to its customers for moving their cargo from Kolkata to Biratnagar. Since 2017, the CMA CGM Group has been successfully operating its Rail Service to ICD Birgunj via Kolkata & Visakhapatnam. With the launch of the new Carrier Haulage Service, Biratnagar is the second key location in Nepal being covered by CMA CGM global network. CMA CGM connects Nepal with its global maritime service via its hub ports in Colombo, Singapore and Port Klang which is connected to Kolkata and Visakhapatnam via dedicated feeder services.

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BLR Airport Processes 483,460 kgs of Mango Exports from March to June, 2021

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport/ www.bengaluruairport.com ) has processed 483,460 kgs of mangoes in four months from March to June, 2021. The month of June witnessed highest movement of mangoes with 169,882 kgs. A total of 158,936 kgs were processed in May, 110,886 kgs in April and 43,776 in March. This year, Doha emerged as the leading destination for mangoes from Bengaluru, with 140,000 kgs, followed by London (68,000 kgs) and Singapore (55,000 kgs). Backed by two reputed cargo terminal operators – Air India SATS and Menzies Aviation Bobba Bangalore- BLR Airport has the infrastructure required to ensure the fruits reach their destinations maintaining their quality as well as freshness. To ensure quality and freshness, mangoes are stored and moved to the aircraft within the required temperature range, reducing waiting time at terminals.

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US extends cargo-in-the-cabin exemption

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has extended the exemption allowing airlines to carry cargo in the cabin of aircraft. The exemption had been due to expire on July 10, but Airlines for America and others petitioned the administration to extend the exemption for another year. They argued that cargo capacity was still constrained due to fewer passenger flights and that allowing flight to carry cargo in the cabin would help alleviate supply chain constraints. In the end, the FAA agreed the exemption until the end of the year. “The agency determined that airfreight capacity has not yet been fully restored to all communities, especially those which are dependent on passenger airplanes for such service,” the FAA said. “The FAA therefore finds that a short-term extension of this exemption will be in the public interest by supporting the continuity of the carriage of airfreight.”

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