Delhi Airport and Schiphol sign MoU to promote cargo trade

23 April 2015 (Last Updated April 23rd, 2015 18:30)

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Delhi International Airport (DIAL) to work together on the promotion of cargo business.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Delhi International Airport (DIAL) to work together on the promotion of cargo business.

Aimed at making Delhi and India's logistic capabilities match global level, the MoU would involve cooperation between the two organisations with regards to promotion, product development, knowledge sharing, training, and performance benchmarking.

DIAL CEO I Prabhakara Rao said: "DIAL is committed to add value to the air freight community and the supply chain. We aim to make Indian trade much more competitive in the global market.

"We will build a trade lane between Amsterdam and Delhi, making Delhi a hub and a global gateway."

"In line with our honorable prime minister's vision of 'Make in India', we are at the cusp of history for the next stage in our economic growth. We have created world class infrastructure at Delhi and are at the right moment to partner with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to bring our product onto a par with global standards."

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol SVP Cargo Enno Osinga said that the Delhi airport was one of the few international airports that had a strong cargo strategy.

"Amsterdam can be a Global Gateway for Indian goods destined for mainland Europe, as well as other markets, including the USA, Africa and Latin America; Schiphol offers 319 destinations in 95 countries across the Globe.

"We will build a trade lane between Amsterdam and Delhi, making Delhi a hub and a global gateway. We will work with our friends in Delhi to take air cargo business on this lane to the next levels of business efficiency and operational excellence," said Osinga.

The Delhi airport has seen 19% growth over the last few years, according to DIAL's chief commercial officer-aero Pradeep Panicker.

Delhi Airport's Head of Cargo, Sanjiv Edward added: "With the expertise of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, our products and strategy will only improve and enable customers to enjoy greater efficiencies in airfreight and across the supply chain."