DHL Express, the world’s leading international express service provider, has opened its expanded EUR22 million Bengaluru Gateway located within the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India. Spanning over 112,000 sq feet, the Bengaluru Gateway is more than four times larger than the previous facility. It will support India’s robust trade driven by the exponential growth in the e-commerce sector.
This new and expanded facility can handle over 90,000 tons of shipment per year when operating at full capacity. As India’s largest airside Express handling facility, the expanded Bengaluru Gateway enables DHL Express to offer 12 to 24 hours faster connection and delivery of imported goods across India and reduce the daily cut-off time for shipment pick-up by up to 60 minutes.
Ken Lee, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific, said, “As one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, India remains a critical node of the global DHL network. The Bengaluru Gateway is part of our EUR750 million investment to bolster our infrastructure in Asia Pacific and enhance connectivity for countries and businesses. With strong international imports and exports driving the increasing cargo volume in Bengaluru, our new facility supports Bengaluru’s strategy to provide the capacity of one million tons at its airport in the next few years.”
Using 11 DHL-operated intercontinental freighters, 30 international commercial airlines and 70 domestic flights weekly, the Bengaluru Gateway currently connects both South and West India to over 220 countries and territories through DHL’s unrivalled global network. An additional six dedicated intercontinental freighters will join the current fleet by November 2021, bringing the total number of aircraft operating through Bengaluru to 17.
The Gateway’s primary export trade lanes are North America and Europe, while Asia Pacific and Europe are the key import trade lanes for Bengaluru. The expanded Gateway will provide greater capacity to support industries such as electronics, automotive, life sciences & medical, and fashion in Bengaluru. Coupled with the enhanced infrastructure and additional dedicated DHL flights, these trade lanes will greatly benefit from the increased capacity and speed.
R.S Subramanian, SVP and Managing Director, DHL Express India, said, “10 years ago, DHL landed its first freighter in Bengaluru and opened its Gateway at the Kempegowda International Airport. Since then, we have seen the international volumes multiply significantly. Our EUR22 million investment is a testament to the growth potential we see in this market. To maintain our market-leading position, we will continually invest ahead of the curve in our infrastructure, technology and people to support the country’s economic growth and help Indian exporters and importers expand their business.”
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