Friday, May 12, 2017

Cochin International Airport scripts a cargo high

Having warmed the cockles of passengers’ hearts with a third terminal recently, the Cochin International Airport (CIAL) in Nedumbassery has climbed another high. The cargo terminals handled the airport’s highest ever freight tonnage last fiscal - 84,408.7 tonnes.
Buoyed by the increase in cargo handling, the airport authorities have now entrusted the government-owned consultancy Kitco to conduct a preliminary survey and prepare a project report to expand its export capabilities.

CIAL handled 6.7 per cent more cargo than the 79,087.87 tonnes registered in 2015-16. The international terminal accounted for 71,249.99 tonnes while it was 13,158.8 tonnes through the domestic terminal. The corresponding figures for the previous year stood at 67,729 and 11,356.97 tonnes respectively.
“Around 80 per cent of the cargo comprised perishable items; chiefly vegetables, fruits and fish to the West Asian and Far East destinations,” a senior officer told Express.
“In perishable cargo handling, the Kochi airport is among the largest exporters in the country after Mumbai.”
12/05/17 Dhinesh Kallungal/The New Indian Express
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