Mangaluru Airport Launches International Cargo Operations

Mangaluru (Karnataka) (PTI): On Saturday, Mangaluru International Airport launched international cargo operations from its integrated cargo terminal, with flight IX 815 transporting 2,522 kg of fruits and vegetables to Abu Dhabi.

The official inauguration took place on Friday, attended by the AAHL Cargo team, Mangaluru International Airport leadership, representatives from Customs, airlines IndiGo and Air India Express, and the Airport Security Group of CISF.

This milestone follows the airport’s initiation of domestic cargo operations on May 1, 2023. On May 10 this year, the Commissioner of Customs appointed the airport as a Custodian and Customs Cargo Service Provider, paving the way for international cargo operations.

The commencement of international cargo services will benefit exporters from coastal Karnataka, Kerala, and surrounding areas, enabling them to export perishables such as fruits, vegetables, food items, machine parts, textiles, shoes, tropical fish, frozen and dry fish, plastic coloring material, and ship parts. IndiGo and Air India Express will facilitate cargo transport to destinations including Dubai, Doha, Dammam, Kuwait, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, and Bahrain.

Since starting domestic cargo operations, the airport has handled 3,706.02 tonnes of cargo in the first 11 months of the financial year 2024-25, including 279.21 tonnes of inbound and 3,426.8 tonnes of outbound cargo. Notably, 95 percent of the outbound domestic cargo was post-office mail, comprising bank and UIDAI-related documents such as credit/debit and Aadhaar cards.

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