Mumbai International Airport in India has opened a new cargo terminal offering handling services for heavy, odd-sized and bonded goods.

The terminal will increase GVK Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd's (MIAL) export handling capacity by 500,000t of cargo per annum.

Spread over 7,500m², the facility will provide channels for cargo admittance, X-ray screening and palletisation.

In addition to doubling the airport's current export capacity, the new terminal will enable a faster turnaround for cargo and vehicles, and reduce wait times by 50%.

Lighter export consignments will continue to be handled at the existing export terminal.

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The facility will also bolster the terminal’s infrastructure, which will in turn boost further growth in export volumes at MIAL.

In October, MIAL handled 47,761t of international freight and 20,336t of domestic freight.

Total cargo throughput saw a growth of 6% with 68,097t of cargo handled during the month.

"The facility will also bolster the terminal’s infrastructure, which will in turn boost further growth in export volumes at MIAL."

MIAL is a public private partnership joint venture between a GVK-led consortium and the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

GVK MIAL was awarded the responsibility of operating and modernising Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (CSIA).

With the new integrated Terminal 2 at CSIA, the airport will be capable of handling 40 million passengers and one million tonnes of cargo annually.

Terminal 2 also includes truck docks and levellers, heavy weighing scales, customs areas, seven X-Ray machines, material handling equipment, hydraulic pallet trucks and forklifts, 24/7 security with CCTV surveillance cameras, and a spacious palletisation area.

Image: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India. Photo: courtesy of A.Savin / Wikipedia.