Kempegowda Airport now IATA e-freight compliant
The Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru has operationalised and implemented the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) e-freight programme. The airport has been rated as an e-freight compliant airport by IATA for its cargo operations. The project is part of an initiative by the global air freight industry, led by IATA, to eliminate the use of paper and to enhance efficiencies in the system. IATA has recognized and applauded the efforts of the Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) for being an e-freight compliant airport in India. “The team (BIAL) has demonstrated great dedication and passion in the preparation and test pilot, an achievement that will not only benefit the airport but the entire industry. This is indeed a definite step forward in modernizing air cargo shipment and an example for other airports in India and around the world,” said Glen Hughes, Global Head Cargo, IATA. According to a press statement by BIAL, the project reiterates the airport’s efforts in sustaining the long-term well-being of the environment. Being an e-freight compliant airport is another step towards BIAL’s vision to be a role model for sustainable progress, creating best practices and setting benchmarks for all airports across the country. The e-freight concept was launched by IATA in 2006 as part of the StB (simplifying the business) programme and became an industry-wide initiative. Facilitated by IATA along with the endorsement of the members of the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG), the project involves carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers and customs authorities to effectively streamline processes, cut costs and improve speed and reliability. The air cargo industry today, relies heavily on paper based processes to support the movement of freight. An average airfreight shipment generates up to 30 different paper documents. This increases the cargo turnaround time and the cost involved in the airfreight process. IATA’s e-freight implementation at this airport will bring strategic benefit to the trade in the region.