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On 02 December, 2010 GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) and Menzies Aviation operating the Cargo facility at Hyderabad Airport through JV company Hyderabad Menzies Air Cargo Pvt Ltd (HMACPL) opened a dedicated cargo handling zone for exclusive use of Pharma products.
India and in particular Hyderabad, is emerging as an important pharmaceutical manufacturing center. To support the growing local industry which now has strong global footprints, Pharma Zone will now offer an accurate and temperature controlled care while handling pharmaceutical products. The Pharma Zone at Hyderabad Cargo terminal is the country’s first airport based temperature controlled facilities and will now greatly assist the local pharma industry meet the stringent requirements of global regulatory authorities.
Dedicated truck docks for acceptance, floor level weighing provisions at acceptance and seamless cold chain facility during the entire handling process are some of the highlights of this facility.
The facility also has a dedicated area for products requiring temperature control between 02 to 08 degrees in examination as well as a sterile area for vital active ingredients and vaccines. Data loggers have been provided in all the key areas as reports can be provided on need basis to customers.
P. Sripathy, CEO of GHIAL said “Through the establishment of this temperature controlled facility at our Cargo terminal, the company strengthens its leadership in the transportation of cargo between Hyderabad and rest of the world and, more specifically, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad, which is the main gateway to the pharmaceutical manufacturing hub of the country.”
Paul Smith, CEO of HMACPL said “the Cargo terminal at Hyderabad Airport will have a distinct and dedicated pharma zone starting today. This facility is expected to increase our offering to the industry and thereby bring in mutual growth of 30% pa.
A press meeting was held on the occasion followed by a formal presentation to the trade, who appreciated this new initiative.