Air India SATS commences trial operations of perishable cargo handling centre at Bengaluru Airport

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Oct 03, 2016: Air India SATS Airport Services (AISATS), India’s premier airport services company, commenced trial operations of India’s first integrated on-airport perishable cargo handling centre, “AISATS COOLPORT”, at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB).

The state-of-the-art, 11,000 square metre facility with a handling capacity of 40,000 tonnes per annum, will cater to an extensive range of perishable commodities such as pharmaceutical products, fruits, vegetables, poultry, sea food and flowers.

It is customised to offer the most comprehensive cold storage solutions with 17 dedicated cold rooms with adjustable temperatures ranging from – 25OC to + 25OC.

Designed as a “One Stop Shop” to facilitate the Import and Export processes of the air cargo industry, the integrated facility will house a state-of-the-art Drug Controller lab as well as a Plant Quarantine Inspection & Certification office. It will be supplemented by temperature controlled queue lanes for unitised shipments and Cool Trollies to ensure integrity of the cool chain from AISATS COOLPORT to the aircraft and vice versa.

AISATS COOLPORT is expected to be officially inaugurated by end of 2016.

In recent years, Bengaluru has witnessed a steady increase in perishable cargo volume, with a CAGR of 15 percent.

Mike Chew, CEO, AISATS said, “The Indian economy is on a high trajectory of growth and requires upgraded infrastructure facilities in the logistics space to cater to the growing needs of the trade and the air cargo industry. Keeping in view the significance of air cargo to the economic growth of the country, we truly believe that this dedicated state-of-the-art facility will play a vital role in supporting better trade facilitation, and will further boost the exports & imports of temperature sensitive products. AISATS COOLPORT at Kempegowda International Airport aims to bolster the Government of Karnataka’s vision of turning the state into a preferred air cargo hub of South India.”

“As we move towards becoming the preferred cargo hub in southern India, it is imperative for such specialised facilities to cater to the burgeoning perishable cargo demand of this region. South India with its established presence in the global logistics network has the potential to create the necessary fillip towards the development of air cargo in India. As an airport that is strategically positioned at the heart of South India, we have the opportunity to take advantage of this momentum and be the single gateway for cargo traffic and shippers aspiring to reach this fast-growing region. We firmly believe new logistics that redefine the cargo business will propel us closer to our vision of being the Cargo Gateway to South India,” said Hari Marar, president, Airport Operations, BIAL.

AISATS is a 50:50 joint venture between Air India, and SATS, a leading gateway services and food solutions provider in Asia.

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