Bengaluru airport has announced the launch of India’s first dedicated express cargo terminal, exclusively for export and import of international couriers.

Developed by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) – operator of Bengaluru airport – the 18,580 sqm built-to-suit facility will house  global express courier organisations such as DHL Express and FedEx Express.

Express Industry Council of India (EICI) will operate the common-user express terminal for other courier companies.

The terminal will have a dedicated space for customs offices and direct access to both landside and airside.

The new facility will enable the airport to process 150,000 metric tonnes (MT) annually, taking the airport’s overall annual cargo capacity to 720,000 MT, from the existing 570,000 MT.

Srinivas (IRS), chief commissioner of Customs, Bengaluru Zone said:

“At South India’s busiest cargo airport, this exclusive terminal for express couriers at BLR Airport will significantly boost the trade and economy of the region. The new terminal will enable ease of doing business and reduce transaction time and cost for the shipper by providing a dedicated facility for express courier shipments.”

Hari Marar, MD and CEO, BIAL  said:

“BLR Airport is well on track towards becoming a cargo hub, offering world-class infrastructure, powered by leading global logistics providers.

“With express courier gaining greater significance following the exponential growth of e-commerce, the Express Cargo Terminal at BLR Airport is a significant step towards supporting and driving this growth. In addition, it will facilitate trade and faster movement of goods across the world.” (TBC)