Saturday, October 09, 2021

BLR Airport handled 31% of India’s perishable air cargo in FY21: APEDA

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) has emerged as the No.1 Airport in the country for perishable shipments as Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) reported that BLR Airport has processed 48,130 metric tonnes of perishables in the financial year 2020-21, accounting for 31 percent of India’s total perishable shipments.

In the process, BLR Airport has emerged as the leading Airport for exports of poultry products and flowers during the same period. It processed 28,182 Metric Tonnes (MT) of poultry products and 1,296 MT of flowers.

The perishables, which also included vegetables and fruits, was carried by 24 airlines to 46 international destinations. Doha was the top destination, followed by Singapore, London and Muscat.

BLR Airport has a dedicated cold zone- AISATS Coolport - with the capacity to handle 40,000 MT per annum and temperature zones ranging from -25 to +25 degrees Centigrade under the same roof. Additionally, Menzies Aviation Bobba Bangalore too has a cold zone, with a capacity of 20,000 MT per annum, and also the capability to handle 20 Unit Load Device (ULD) Pallets from 15 to 25 degrees Centigrade and 2 ULD for 2 to 8 degrees Centigrade.

Currently, 14 dedicated freighters operate to and from BLR Airport, and there is also additional belly capacity in passenger aircraft. On an average, BLR Airport has 30-33 daily freighter movements.

The current cargo capacity of BLR Airport is 715,000 Metric Tonnes (MT) annually, which is the largest cargo processing capacity in South India. This is expandable up to 850,000 MT. BIAL aims to expand its cargo infrastructure to provide a capacity of approx. 1.5 Million MT by mid-2030’s.

08/10/21 ITLN

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