Delhi airport handles 9.3 lakh MT cargo in 2021, highest in the country

Delhi Airport today said it handled a total of 9.3 Lakh Metric Tonnes cargo between January 2021 and December 2021, which was the highest total volume of Cargo handled by any airport in the country in 2021.

“Out of 9.3 Lakh MT Cargo handled by Delhi Airport, 3.3 Lakh MT was domestic Cargo and 6 Lakh MT International Cargo. The key product categories handled by Delhi Airport included ready-made garment (RMG), Electronics goods, Pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, Automobile/machine parts.

The airport company also said that the airport witnessed about 27% as compared to cargo handled in 2020, which was the first year of COVID and the airport was also shut for about two months due to lockdown.

One of the reasons for the record handling of cargo was also on account of the aviation ministry designating Delhi Airport as major hub for handling of COVID-19 relief material.

“The airport handled over 150 Cargo Relief flights with around 2,000 MT of COVID-19 Relief Cargo. The airport handled over 38 million PPEs/Medical supplies including body suits, ventilators, Oxygen Concentrators, Temperature guns, gloves, etc,” the company said.

“In spite of major disruption caused by COVID in global supply chain last year, Delhi Airport registered a robust growth in cargo. It was possible due to airport’s strong international connectivity and various initiatives taken by DIAL in collaboration with its stakeholders to maintain smooth Cargo operations and driving recoveries to the pre-COVID levels,” Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO-DIAL, the company that runs Delhi airport, was quoted in the release.

The airport company said that Delhi Airport also witnessed an increase in connectivity to international destinations. “In 2021, international connections from Delhi increased to 87 destinations from 71 in 2019. Major international routes in 2021, which showed high recoveries, were majorly the USA, Germany, France, the UK and UAE,” the company said.


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