Lufthansa Cargo and GMR Group, the operator of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad, have announced their intention to jointly develop the airport serving the Indian metropolis into the key cargo hub in South Asia for the transport of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals. Representatives of the two companies signed a corresponding Memorandum of Understanding December 3rd in Hyderabad.
A modern infrastructure will be established at the state-of-the-art Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, which was opened in 2008, in order to meet the complex requirements of reliable, temperature-controlled transport solutions. Customs procedures at the airport shall also be speeded up in order to guarantee faster transport.
Under the terms of the partnership, Lufthansa Cargo will provide the capacity for the transport of temperature-sensitive cargo. To this end, the company will station its own fleet of cooling containers in Hyderabad. In August this year, Lufthansa Cargo showcased its Opticooler, the most modern cold-chain container in the air cargo industry.
“Today India is the world’s largest market for generics,” said Martin Schlingensiepen, Vice President Product Management at Lufthansa Cargo, at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. “The demand for temperature-controlled transport will continue to grow substantially in the coming years. A strong partnership with GMR Hyderabad International Airport will enable us to offer our local customers, a tailor-made product for the fast and reliable transport of pharmaceuticals.”
P Sripathy, Chief Executive Officer of GMR Hyderabad Airport International, expressed his confidence in the future success of the partnership. “Lufthansa Cargo is recognised as the global market leader in the transport of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals. Lufthansa Cargo’s extensive expertise and the highly modern infrastructure at Hyderabad Airport will enable us to offer our customers the best and most reliable product for cool-chain transport in South Asia.”
The transport of temperature-sensitive cargo places great requirements on airlines as well as on airports. While outside temperatures at airports may range from –30° to +40° Celsius, the temperature inside the container may only fluctuate minimally in order not to damage the sensitive freight. This calls for a modern infrastructure at airports, high-performance cooling containers and reliable processes.