TIACA’s appointment of Ramesh Mamidala,
Chief Executive Officer of Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management to the
TIACA Board of Directors along with Sanjeev Gadhia, founder and CEO of
Kenya-based Astral Aviation is being viewed as another recognition of
India’s growing importance in the world.
TIACA Secretary General Vladimir Zubkov
declares Ramesh Mamidala and Sanjeev Gadhia will help to expand global
links to the air cargo supply chain, especially via developing regions
FlyingTypers met Mamidala recently to find out his course of action as
a director in TIACA.
“There is a lot of great work that
TIACA has been doing since its inception,” said Mamidala, “and
that is what has benefitted many countries.
“I hope to bring all the good work
that would benefit our nation, to several trade bodies and organizations
across the nation.
“My immediate focus will be to look
for these opportunities and bring them to the country as soon as possible.
“We are at work right now improving
the TIACA footprint in India.”
An air cargo veteran, Mamidala has had stints
in the Gulf and Dubai, when he was senior manager with Qatar Aviation
Services (QAS) Cargo for Qatar Airways.
He has also served as Manager Cargo Hub
and Product Development at Emirates SkyCargo.
Mr. Mamidala is a close associate of Delhi
Airport Head of Cargo Business Sanjiv Edward, the current Chairman of
“Sanjiv (Edward),” said Mamidala,
“has been doing a great job at TIACA in his current role.
“He has represented our challenges
and opportunities globally and I intend to continue doing the same.
“Both India and Africa require serious
efforts to improve trade processes and practices that need involvement
of various government and trade bodies.”
These moves aside, Mr. Mamidala said he
believed there were some serious opportunities to implement and improve
technology applications and global quality standards.
“Fortunately, TIACA has been doing
some good work on most of these improvement areas,” he said.
As for integrating the Indian air freight
industry with the global market through TIACA, the CEO said that there
were some “fantastic and dynamic home-grown organizations such as
ACAAI (Air Cargo Agents Association of India), ACFI (Air Cargo Forum India),
FFFAI (Federation of Freight Forwarders' Associations in India), etc.
that have been doing a great job in representing and resolving trade issues
over the last several years, and some for decades.
“These organizations have become icons
over the years.
“I believe both TIACA and our organizations
will mutually benefit if we improve our association and partnership.”
On the question of co-operation between
the various air cargo bodies in India and the world, Mr. Mamidala mentioned
that TIACA has an “excellent workgroups-based structure that works
across several layers of the air freight supply chain with the intention
to integrate them for better efficiency and transparency.”
“India can benefit from the innovations
and enhancements that have been successfully implemented in other countries
while continuing to participate in the current and active workgroups for
continuous improvement,” he said.
“The India air cargo industry has
been facing challenges largely due to the lack of infrastructure and the
fact that the economy has slowed down considerably due to, among other
drivers, the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax.”
“I remain an optimist,” he emphasized
“In my experience, optimism always
“That is something I began believing
very strongly while working for Celebi.
“We all understand that India’s
airfreight infrastructure, both international and domestic, needs tremendous
“Many of us see this as an opportunity
and have committed investments across several airports in the country,”
“The way I see it, growth will happen
where there are efficiencies.
“Some airports that have developed
cargo infrastructure have demonstrated this well in the last decade.
“The current and expected growth in
domestic and international exports across several commodities (both pharma
and non-pharma) are the opportunities that airports should plan for when
developing infrastructure,” the new ‘TIACA Builder of India’