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Blue Dart eyeing dedicated cargo space in Indian airports

Blue Dart eyeing dedicated cargo space in Indian airports

Blue Dart Express, India's largest courier company, is in talks with airport operators in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata for dedicated cargo space to be shared with DHL, its international parent company, Blue Dart's chief told the Economic Times Tuesday.

   Blue Dart is seeking anywhere from 5,000 to 30,000 square meters of space in each airport to cut down on turnaround times, said Anil Khanna, Blue Dart managing director.

   'We are keen on dedicated cargo space in major airports with access to both air and city sides,' Khanna told the newspaper. 'The private airport operators are receptive to our needs.'

   Cargo facilities in domestic airports in Delhi and Mumbai are being upgraded, while new airports are being constructed in Bangalore and Hyderabad.

   Khanna said Blue Dart plans to invest $250 million in the next five to eight years to expand its aircraft fleet and double its current 1 million square feet of warehousing space in India.

   'We plan to have 20 percent market share of the ground segment by 2015,' he said.

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