New Delhi, Amsterdam create new trade zone

When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi set in motion the “Make in India” campaign last September, it was designed to encourage manufacturing and economic growth in India. Now, Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi and Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote cargo business between the two hubs.

The two airports will promote business, product development, knowledge sharing, training, performance benchmarking and regulatory agency cooperation. The agreement is intended to promote Delhi’s and India’s logistics capabilities at a global level.

Enno Osinga, Schiphol’s senior vice-president, cargo, said the he sees Delhi Airport as one of the very few global airports that has a robust cargo strategy in place, so it regards the Delhi Airport as a natural ally.

Delhi Airport will continue to invest in new product lines and strive to be seen as a business partner rather than simply a service provider, said I Pradeep Panicker, chief commercial officer-aero, for DIAL, the owner of Delhi Airport.  Traffic at the Delhi hub has grown approximately 19 percent over the past year, and it is now the leading airport in the country, according to DIAL.

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