Monday, October 03, 2016

Pushing Karnataka as Pharma destiny, KIA get India’s 1st perishable cargo facility

Bengaluru: India's first integrated on-airport perishable cargo handling centre has commenced trial operations at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) here. The Air India SATA Coolport, an initiative of the Air India SATS Airport Services Private Limited, is spread across 11,000 sqm.
"The facility will meet the ever-increasing demands and handling requirements of temperature-sensitive cargo and will further enhance the Karnataka's status as the pharmaceutical and perishables hub of India," a release issued here said.
In recent years, Bengaluru has witnessed a steady increase in perishable cargo volume, with a CAGR of 15%. With a capacity of handling 40,000 tonne of cargo per annum, the facility will cater to an extensive range of perishable commodities such as pharmaceutical products, fruits, vegetables, poultry, seafood and flowers. It is customized to offer the most comprehensive cold storage solutions with 17 dedicated cold rooms with adjustable temperatures ranging from -25°C to 25°C.
AISATS CEO Mike Chew said, "Keeping in view the significance of air cargo to the economic growth of the country, we believe that this dedicated facility will play a vital role in supporting better trade facilitation, and boost exports & imports of temperature sensitive products. Our facility aims to bolster the Government of Karnataka's vision of turning the state into a preferred air cargo hub of South India."
03/10/16 Chethan Kumar/Times of India
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