Thai Airways Commence Cargo Freighter Service From RGIA
Hyderabad, 12th April, 2012: Thai Airways, one of the world’s leading airlines commenced its Cargo Freighter service, with a Boeing 747-400F from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad. The first flight touched downed today at 0840 hrs from Bangkok on RGIA’s primary runway which received a traditional water canon salute welcome in the presence of RGIA and Thai Airways officials. The same aircraft left for Frankfurt at 1145 hrs.

This Bangkok–Hyderabad–Frankfurt freight service will mark a new milestone for GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, as this freight service connects RGIA directly with Fareast and European countries. With introduction of the B747-400F freighter capacity apart from their 4 weekly A330 operations, industry will be offered connections to over 30 European Destinations.

Thai Airways understand the special air cargo needs of a rapidly changing economic world, working closely with customers at home and abroad to create maximum benefits from new opportunities. Creating new markets by improving transportation for commodities as varied as Pharmaceuticals, Defence industry, Electronic components, Fresh fruits, Flowers, Fashions and at competitive freight rates, helps Thai offer customers tailor made solutions.

Mr. Vikram Jaisinghani, Chief Executive Officer of GMR Hyderabad Airport International (GHIAL) said on the occasion, “With commencing operations by the world’s leading cargo airline like Thai, stands testimony to the world class facilities and immense potential waiting to be tapped at RGIA. We are glad to partner with Thai Airways which is a leader in transport of air cargo. India, and in particular Hyderabad, is fast emerging as an important pharmaceutical manufacturing center with 70% of the exports coming from Hyderabad alone. Thai Airway's expertise, connectivity and the modern infrastructure at Hyderabad Airport will enable us to offer our customers the best and most reliable infrastructure facility for air cargo transport in South Asia.”

Hyderabad’s Cargo Terminal is India’ first modular integrated Cargo facility spread over 14,330sq.mts with a capacity to handle 150,000 MT annually. This terminal also has India’s only dedicated pharmaceutical handling zone “The Pharma Zone” which offers a temperature controlled environment for handling temperature sensitive pharma products to maintain the cold chain during the shipment movement process from shippers factory to its end user.

While Air Freight volumes in India have grown at a CAGR of 11.2%, Hyderabad recorded a 15% CAGR handling 82,000 tonnes Apr to Mar 2011-12. It currently manage over 250 International & 1800 Domestic flights a week serving all the regions of the world namely Africa, Europe, USA, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.

Trans-shipment facilities through Road Feeder Services (RFS) allows Safe, Secure and Reliable Transportation of Bonded & Non-Bonded shipments to connect Hyderabad with key cities in India via Surface which results in a high level of Service Delivery& Cost Efficient Operations. The RFS network both Temperature & Non-Temperature controlled is expected to boost cargo throughput through RGIA and help in decongesting other airports, offering the industry globally benchmarked solutions.

RGIA also engaged in discussions with Global Trunk Route Freighter Airlines to route their network via Hyderabad which will improve connectivity and enhance capacity for the Airline as well as for the trade. The airport also is setting up an ‘Express Terminal’ which will allow Express companies to customs clear and move their time critical express packages directly from Hyderabad which is currently moving via other airports in India.

About GHIAL:

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) is a joint venture company promoted by the GMR Group (63%) in partnership with Government of India (13%), Government of Andhra Pradesh (13%) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (11%). The Company was incorporated to design, finance, build, operate and maintain a world class Greenfield airport at Shamshabad, Hyderabad. Hyderabad airport was commissioned in a record time of 31 months in March 2008, with an initial capacity of 12 million passengers per annum (MPPA) and 150,000 tons of cargo handling capacity per annum. The Project has the flexibility to increase capacity to accommodate over 40 MPPA and shall be developed in a phased manner.

For Further details, please contact:

Ms. Anindita Sinha
Head-Corporate Communications
GMR Hyderabad Intl Airport Ltd

Mr. Arun Bhagat
EVP & Group Head - Corporate Communications
GMR Group