Sunday, February 28, 2016

Amritsar airport’s temporary cargo centre lies closed

Amritsar: The temporary perishable cargo centre of Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport has been lying closed for the past three years after the withdrawal of London-Almaty-Amritsar flight by British Midland International (BMI) Airlines in October 2012.
The air transportation offered convenient way to deliver baby corns, snow peas, sugar snap, okra and other vegetables from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to Europe.
Its non-operation of the cargo centre has also diminished a good source of revenue for the airport, which is incurring huge losses.
The main objective of providing Punjabi farmers, who are facing stagnation in traditional crops, an alternate source of income and divert them from vicious wheat-paddy circle remains unachieved. The temporary perishable cargo centre was established in July 2006. Meanwhile, the process to convert temporary perishable cargo into a permanent cargo centre at Amritsar airport has been stalled.
28/02/16 Tribune
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