NEW CARGO AND FREEPORT PLANNED FOR PT. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan International Airport in Mauritius will see a second effort to create an expanded Cargo and Freeport zone after the first invitation for bids did not generate the expected interest from developers. While much of Mauritius trade comes and goes by ocean going cargo ships, more emphasis is being placed now on the development of air cargo on the islands as new manufacturing ventures will in the future depend more heavily on the speedy arrival of supplies and shipment of finished or semifinished goods to the consumer markets of such products.
The airport company is ideally seeking a single developer of the new facilities but it appears that subcontracts will be possible when the scope has been presented, approved and is going into the construction phase.
Last year Mauritius, according to data at hand, handled under 50.000 tons of air cargo but this is expected to rise in coming years to 90.000 tons by 2025, making a substantial increase of cargo handling facilities, using the latest technology and equipment necessary.