Saturday, December 16, 2017

International cargo terminal takes off at Madurai airport

Madurai: When 28 thermocol boxes containing various flowers, including ‘Madurai Malli’ (jasmine), passed through the scanner on Friday, it marked a major milestone in the history of Madurai airport.

The first consignment of 200 kg of flowers, marked for export to Singapore by a firm, S. Nagarathinam and Sons, through SpiceJet Airways signalled the active operational status of the airport’s international cargo terminal. Hitherto, agricultural produces from southern districts were exported from Tiruchi airport.

Principal Chief Commissioner, GST and Central Excise, C.P. Rao, formally inaugurated the operations at the terminal in the presence of Airport Director V.V. Rao and GST Commissioner R. Saravanakumar.

“It is a small step ... in the economic development of the region,” said Mr. C.P. Rao. He hoped that various limitations at the airport like shorter runway would be overcome in the years to come and the cargo terminal would become a hub for the southern region.

Mr. V.V Rao said the new facility would take the airport and the region a long way in terms of economic development. The Airports Authority of India was ready to provide all facilities related to cargo terminal including space for plant quarantine and cold storage.
16/12/17 S Sundar/The Hindu