SriLankan Airlines cargo volumes up 13-pct to new high in 2016
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s national carrier said cargo volumes rose 12.9 percent to a new high of 239,636 tonnes in 2016 from a year ago, with transhipment volumes doubling and its facility at the main international airport nearing capacity.
SriLankan Cargo, the freight handling arm of SriLankan Airlines, handles cargo of all airlines that operate at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport, including imports, exports and transhipments.
“The total in 2016 included 39,842 tonnes of transhipment cargo, a rapid increase over the 35,877 tonnes handled during the previous year,” it said in a statement.
General Manager Airport & Ground Services at SriLankan Airlines Bandula Weragama said SriLankan Cargo is a reliable contributor to the bottomline of SriLankan Airlines by generating a significant amount of revenue, which has recorded consistent growth every year.
“All indications are that 2017 will be another record-breaking year and we are looking at fast-tracking our expansion plans to meet expected growth in demand.”
The 25,000 square metre Cargo Centre has dedicated areas for imports, exports and transshipments, and facilities for cold storage, animal handling, dangerous goods handling, CCTV facilities to secure all goods, a high-security area for valuables and a 24-hour customer care centre.
On-line tracking through SkyChain allows customers to track their shipments in real time right up to their destinations, the statement said.
“The sole cargo handler at BIA, SriLankan Cargo is now fast approaching the maximum annual capacity of the BIA Cargo Centre, which was last expanded in 2008, and expects to surpass the designed capacity in 2017.”
During 2016, SriLankan Cargo also set the single-month record for cargo handled at BIA, with 21,743 tonnes in the month of March, which surpassed the previous high of 20,040 tonnes in March 2015.
(COLOMBO, Jan 18, 2016)