Noida International Airport Selects Air India SATS To Develop Multi-Modal Cargo Hub

AISATS is a world-leader in ground- and cargo-handling and is present at 5 airports in India

Noida International Airport (NIA) has selected Air India SATS (AISATS), a leading organization in the cargo and logistics sector, to develop a multi-modal cargo hub (MMCH) at the airport. Spanning across 80 acres of land, the upcoming cargo hub will provide quick, convenient and intermodal connectivity to and from manufacturing hubs in the country. The cargo and logistics infrastructure and ecosystem will cater to a differentiated catchment and several upcoming industrial clusters in NCR and Uttar Pradesh, creating a cargo gateway for Northern India.

The MMCH will comprise an Integrated Cargo Terminal combined with an Integrated Warehousing and Logistics Zone. This unique logistics zone will offer a transhipment center, as well as a warehouse zone for freight forwarders and integrators. The MMCH will also provide for transportation facilities to support road-to-road, road-to-air, and air-to-road movements. Overall, the infrastructure at Noida International Airport’s MMCH is focussed on efficiency, scalability, seamless process flows as well as common digital infrastructure and systems.

Mr. Christoph Schnellmann, Chief Executive Officer, Noida International Airport, said, “We are convinced that our novel approach to planning and developing a multi-modal cargo hub with integrated facilities and seamless processes supports the cargo and logistics industry in North India. The Noida International Airport cargo hub will help Western Uttar Pradesh and the NCR fully develop its cargo and logistics potential. The multi-modal cargo hub will bring predictability in operations and address existing logistics bottlenecks through digitisation and enabling seamless and fast processes. We are confident that Air India SATS (AISATS) is the perfect partner to bring this vision to life, owing to their global footprint and long-standing experience. We look forward to this strategic partnership with AISATS to make NIA a preferred cargo hub in Northern India.”

AISATS is a world-leader in ground- and cargo-handling and is present at 5 airports in India and handles 130’000 flights annually both in cargo- and ground-handling. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, Air India SATS, said, “We are excited to partner with Noida International Airport to build a state-of-the-art, modern, and efficient cargo infrastructure, by making the best use of technology. India is envisioned to become the next logistics hub for the world and the government is taking necessary measures to make logistics more efficient and globally competitive. We are aiming to develop world-class infrastructure to deliver a seamless, best-in-class cargo experience for all stakeholders. Catering to a large catchment area with a huge growth potential owing to multimodal connectivity, we are certain that this multi-modal cargo hub will truly become the gateway to North India.

Zurich Airport International AG won the bid to develop Noida International Airport in 2019 and has already achieved various milestones towards the development of the airport. These include the concession agreement with the Government of UP, shareholder and state support agreements, masterplan and development plan, financial close, and the selection of a concessionaire to design, build and operate a fuel farm. The concession period officially commenced from October 1, 2021. Following the ground-breaking ceremony by the honourable Prime Minister Modi in November 2021, preparation for EPC activities had been initiated with earthworks and boundary construction at the site. After the award of two EPC contracts to Tata Projects last year, the first phase of the airport is on track to open in 2024.

About Noida International Airport 

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About Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL)

Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL) was established for the development, construction and operation of the greenfield project – the Noida International Airport. The company, a 100% subsidiary of Zurich Airport International AG, is responsible for the implementation of the public-private partnership project in close partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Government of India. The concession period for Noida International Airport commenced on October 01, 2021 and will run for 40 years. At its opening at the end of 2024, the airport will feature one runway and one terminal and handle a capacity of 12 million passengers – with the potential for further development in additional construction phases. 

About Air India SATS Airport Services Private Limited

Air India SATS Airport Services Private Limited was incorporated on 20th April 2010. The Company is a joint venture between Air India Limited and Singapore Airport Terminal Services. Air India Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of TATA Group, Singapore Airport Terminal Services (“SATS”), a former subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, is today held to 40% by Temasek Holding Pte Ltd. and is listed at the Singapore Stock Exchange. Headquartered in Singapore, SATS is a world-leader in ground- and cargo-handling as well as airline catering. With its most recent acquisition of Worldwide Flight Services (“WFS”) it not only added significant experience in cargo business but doubled their yearly turnover to approximately US$ 3bn.

AISATS was incorporated to carry out ground handling services at Bengaluru and Hyderabad airports and to eventually carry out business of ground handling services, cargo handling and other airport related activities at various airports of India. Today, AISATS is present at 5 airports in India and handles 130’000 flights annually both in cargo- and ground-handling.

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