Cargo ex­port sees steady growth

The Tiruchi air cargo ter­mi­nal saw a 63 per cent jump in ex­ports in 2013-14, thanks to more ex­porters us­ing the air cargo fa­cil­ity and air­lines. Per­ish­able goods such as agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, vegetables and flow­ers ac­count for 90 per cent of the cargo ex

Cargo Talk - - Air Freight -

De­spite lack of ded­i­cated cargo air­craft, the ex­port of goods from Tiruchi in­ter­na­tional air­port has wit­nessed steady growth over the past three years.

The space avail­able in in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­ger flights was be­ing utilised to dis­patch cargo to dif­fer­ent over­seas des­ti­na­tions. Ever since the ded­i­cated air cargo ter­mi­nal was com­mis­sioned in 2011, the vol­ume of goods han­dled by it had shot up con­sid­er­ably.

Start­ing with 2,075 tones in 2011-12, the fig­ure rose to 2,920 tones in the sub­se­quent fis­cal and 4,773 tonnes in 2013-14.The air cargo ter­mi­nal wit­nessed 63 per cent jump in ex­ports in 2013-14 fis­cal, thanks to more ex­porters us­ing the air cargo fa­cil­ity and air­lines mak­ing use of the belly space in their flights to op­ti­mum ca­pac­ity.

Per­ish­able goods such as agri prod­ucts, vegetables, and flow­ers ac­count for 90 per cent of the cargo ex­ported from Tiruchi air­port which is sur­rounded by agrar­ian dis­tricts. Onions, drum­sticks, and co­conuts were among the vegetables most ex­ported. Fab­ric and gar­ments ex­ports con­trib­ute the rest. The con­sign­ments are ex­ported

to a host of na­tions, in­clud­ing Sin­ga­pore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Kuwait, Dubai, Male, Hong Kong, Seoul, Mel­bourne, Syd­ney, and China. Sources say cargo was be­ing ex­ported through Air Asia, Tiger Air­ways, and Sri Lankan Air­lines that op­er­ate flights to and from Tiruchi.

The ex­port cargo to Kuwait was be­ing routed via Colombo and those to south-east­ern coun­tries and Aus­tralia via Kuala Lumpur. Var­i­ous as­pects re­lat­ing to air cargo move­ments and ad­di­tional in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties re­quired were dis­cussed at the meet­ing.

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