Air cargo industry comes together to launch Air Cargo Forum India (ACFI)

Air cargo industry comes together to launch Air Cargo Forum India (ACFI)

New Delhi, Oct 2012

  • Mr. Pradeep Panicker appointed President of ACFI
  • Official launch by Shri K.N. Shrivastava, Secretary, MoCA on October 10, in New Delhi

In a historic show of solidarity and support, all representatives of the air cargo transportation chain which includes freight forwarders, airlines, airport operators, cargo terminal operators, custom house agents and the express industry have joined hands to launch Air Cargo Forum India (ACFI).

Air Cargo Forum India was constituted recently to support and promote the entire air cargo logistics industry.

With this landmark move, the industry has proved that only through a collaborative effort can Indian air cargo achieve its true potential.

Mr. Pradeep Panicker, Chief Commercial Officer, GMR-Delhi International Airport Private Limited has been appointed President of ACFI.

A well-known and greatly respected figure in the industry, Mr. Panicker has had a long and illustrious career with the GMR Group where he has held charge in various senior management positions before being appointed to his current position as Chief Commercial Officer of Delhi International Airport Limited.

Air Cargo Forum India will be officially launched by Shri K.N. Shrivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation on October 10, 2012 at Hyatt Regency, Delhi.

AFCI is a welcome step forward for the industry which hitherto was only able to make representations to the government through sectorised associations that mostly functioned in isolation. With the new unified platform the air cargo industry can take a more holistic view of issues keeping the interests of all players in the transport chain and then make a single presentation to the government.

With the recent FDI in aviation, India is well on track to become one of the largest aviation markets in the world. All eyes will be on the Air Cargo Forum with the hope that it will enable the cargo industry to take a quantum leap forward by overcoming the regulatory hurdles holding it back.

Published by Aviation Cargo Express (EXIM – ACE)