Saturday, August 04, 2018

Veggie flights to Gulf help airport hit record on cargo

Mangaluru: Mangaluru International Airport logged a record 649 tonnes of cargo handling in June this year, most of it being perishables.
Cargo handling at the airport began just five years ago. According to data available with TOI, in June 2018, the cargo terminal handled 649.5 MT of goods, majority of them being vegetable and fruits airlifted to Gulf countries.

However, industries in the coastal region are yet to make use of this facility. Interestingly, most of the vegetable and fruits that fly to energy-rich countries are procured from Tamil Nadu, packed in Kerala and sent through MIA to the Gulf. These include small onion, drumstick, gourds, banana, pineapple, papaya, mango, guava and amla.

KA Sreenivasan, manager (Cargo), MIA says cargo, especially fruits and vegetables supply to the Gulf, picked up after the Qatar crisis. He said the tonnage had dropped in May due to the Nipah scare in Kerala but it improved in June.
04/08/18 Kevin Mendonsa/Times of India