Hyderabad: GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) on 7 November to jointly promote international export and import cargo through the launch of a one-of-its-kind first mile and last mile cargo bus feeder service (BFS) that will connect the GHAC terminal to other parts of Telangana and neighbouring states.
According to the MoU, TSRTC will start first-mile pick-up and delivery service to the GHAC terminal. It will also provide the last-mile connectivity for international import shipments landing at the Hyderabad airport for connections to hinterland areas in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. This partnership also envisages the launch of a reefer cargo bus service that will provide reliable connectivity for exports of pharma and perishable products through the Hyderabad airport.
GHAC, a division of GMR Air Cargo and Aerospace Engineering Limited (GACAEL), is one of India's leading and modern air cargo terminal providing a range of facilities to cater to various types of cargo. It specialises in handling sensitive cargo such as pharma, vaccines, perishables, and aerospace, engineering, and electronic goods. It has dedicated cold rooms and processing facilities to handle temperature-controlled shipments up to -20 degrees Celsius. With its strategic location and vast options of international connectivity through dedicated freighters, charters, and passenger airlines, GHAC is a gateway connecting south-central India to over 200 destinations globally.
"Today is the beginning. It is a stepping stone for both the organisations to grow and prosper. This partnership will provide seamless connectivity in logistic services at economical rates in Telangana and other neighbouring states as well," said Puvvada Ajay Kumar, the state minister for transport.
SGK Kishore, the ED and CIO of GMR Airports, said, "Capitalising on the strong road connectivity in Telangana, excellent network of TSRTC along with world-class facilities and global connectivity offered by GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo, the partnership will open up significant new business opportunities for all the stakeholders involved in international air cargo trade. This joint initiative will immensely improve the value realization and boost the exports and imports from Hyderabad benefiting the trade community via a collaborative approach."