Sri Lanka air cargo growing fast
ECONOMYNEXT – Air cargo handled by SriLankan Airlines, the monopoly cargo handler at Sri Lanka’s international airport, hit a record high in March 2016, exceeding its design capacity with volumes seen remaining strong.
The national carrier said SriLankan Cargo, its freight handling arm, handled 21,743 metric tonnes in March at the Cargo Centre of Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), up from 20,040 tonnes in March 2015.
“Significantly, this has exceeded the design capacity of the SriLankan Cargo Centre, which is 20,833 tonnes per month,” a statement said.
“Our forecast indicates that 2016 will be another record setting year for SriLankan Cargo,” said Chamara Ranasinghe, head of Cargo at SriLankan Airlines.
“Our Cargo centre has already handled 56,780 tonnes during the first three months of this year, which is the highest total that we have seen during the January to March period during any year, surpassing the 52,169 tonnes in the comparable period last year.”
SriLankan Cargo is the sole cargo handler at BIA, where it deals with cargo of all airlines that operate at Sri Lanka’s main international airport, including imports, exports and transhipments.
It operates a dedicated freighter service in South Asia, providing scheduled flights to cities in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, with charter operations to many other cities throughout the region.
SriLankan Cargo operates to all of SriLankan Airlines’ 99 destinations in 47 countries on its all-Airbus fleet of A320, A321 and A330 aircraft.
In 2015, the SriLankan Cargo centre set a new record for total freight handled at BIA during a single year (212,277 tonnes), which included 35,877 tonnes of transhipment cargo, surpassing the 199,651 tonnes handled in 2014.
The 25,000 square metre Cargo centre has dedicated areas for imports, exports and transshipments; facilities for cold storage, animal handling and dangerous goods; CCTV facilities to secure all goods; a high-security area for valuables; and a 24-hour customer care centre.
Online tracking through SkyChain allows customers to track their shipments in real time right up to their destinations.
(COLOMBO, May 20 2016)