Intl cargo operation launched at city airport

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s exports sector is likely to get the much-awaited boost as international cargo services was launched here at the Biju Patnaik International Airport today. Chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi inaugurated the event.

With this processors and exporters of the State will be able to reach and tap markets in Middle East, Far East and European countries where demands for items like seafood, agro, handloom, handicrafts and spice exist.

“I hope with the new services, now we can reach the world with our products which can be directly sent to foreign destinations. Though the service was discontinued for some reasons in the past, we will be able to maintain it as lots of export units are lined up in the State”, Padhi said. Asked about the commencement of international flight services from the city airport, he said Air Asia is most likely to begin its services to Kuala Lumpur in April this year.

Meanwhile to facilitate the cargo services, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has earmarked a hall adjacent to the domestic air cargo terminal for the purpose. The AAI has also accorded concurrence to the city office of the AAI to become custodian of the international air cargo terminal.

The exporters feel that the service will be of highly beneficial for the industry and trade to get the facility of dispatching cargo from the city airport here, instead of current practice of sending cargo via road to Hyderabad or Kolkata.