The Air Cargo Forum India (ACFI) has taken on the onerous task to make air cargo popular – both as a profession and a service. A tall order, no doubt – especially when passenger growth continues at a scorching pace prompting aviation stakeholders to look forward to the day in 2024 when India will become the world’s third largest aviation sector. ACFI could turn out to be the right vehicle for the task since it is the only association nationwide representing the entire air cargo logistic/ supply chain in India responsible for the transportation of 30 percent of the total national trade & commerce. The forum is represented by some prominent players from the air cargo sector like Air India, Blue Dart Aviation, DHL Express, Emirates Sky Cargo, Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), InterGlobe Aviation, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines Cargo, AAICLAS and the Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR) among others.
The Indian cargo sector has been facing key challenges that have been hindering its growth. These challenges concern the lack of infrastructure and visionary policies. Coupled with that are long drawn-out processes and hesitation to use of technology and resources. Take the constraints and procedural delays that have been hurting the Indian air cargo sector. This has resulted in low volumes. The combined air cargo traffic handled in FY 2017-18, for instance, put together at all the Indian airports was approximately 3.4 million MT. D