India: More passengers, fewer perishables shipped from Trichy

Heavy passenger traffic in all foreign carriers operating from Trichy International Airport (India) has hit cargo uplift since Deepavali festival and more so from the second half of November, causing concern to stake holders.

It has led to frequent offload of export cargo to foreign destinations, much to the discomfiture of shippers and IATA agents.

Such has been the rush of passengers that foreign airlines operating to South and South East Asian destinations from Trichy have reduced cargo bookings, say stakeholders.

The period between November, December and January usually adds up to passenger traffic volume. The normal average cargo uplift of 2.5 to 3 tonnes per flight could not be achieved in November due to heavy passenger movement, say officials adding that the airlines had reduced the bookings.

What could be achieved per flight ranged from 1 to 1.5 tonnes and this trend had been witnessed especially from the second week of November. Perishables such as vegetables and flowers account for the bulk of cargo being dispatched from Trichy to foreign destinations. Even small shipments could not be accommodated for want of space.

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