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Most cargo in India is carried in the belly of aircraft. Belly accounted for 81.5 per cent of all domestic air cargo in 2022-23


Early this year, Amazon India announced a dedicated air cargo fleet in Hyderabad to speed up deliveries and bolster its transport network. Elsewhere in the world, Amazon’s air transport services were scaling down freight operations.

Later, in July, Tata Group carrier Air India announced plans for increasing its annual cargo capacity by 300 per cent.


The announcements mark the bustling business of air cargo. Indian airlines have carried more domestic freight in recent months than the period before the pandemic. Data as of August shows the cargo they have carried this year is 98 per cent more than during the same period in 2019 as seen in chart 1 (click image for interactive link).

First Published: Dec 01 2023 | 12:04 PM IST