SriLankan Cargo, the cargo arm of SriLankan Airlines has handled a record volume of 17329 metric tons of cargo in March which is the highest ever volume of cargo handled within a single month. This month’s total exceeds July 2012 total of 16,136 metric tons.
Having achieved an 8 per cent growth in the first quarter compared to the previous year, SriLankan Cargo is projecting a total load of 190,000 metric tons for this year, states SriLankan Airlines.
“We are continually investing on sophisticated hardware and introducing various software solutions in order to provide a better service to the customers while managing the increased freight volumes,” said Janaka Munasinghe, Senior Manager Worldwide Cargo Operations, SriLankan Airlines.
The services provided by SriLankan Cargo varies from express cargo to on board courier with special provisions for valuable, vulnerable and dangerous goods, handled by specially trained staff in accordance with IATA regulations. Having been the sole handling agent for cargo of all airlines that operate through BIA, its Cargo Centre is located in the premises of the airport with an impressive storage space of over 20,000 square meters.
SriLankan Cargo also manages the 5,000-square meter cargo facility at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport which has the capacity of handling 60,000 metric tons. It is equipped with facilities to store live animals, dangerous goods, temperature regulated goods, customs and quarantine cargo, with special provisions for valuable cargo, weighing facility up to 15000kg, and screening machines, the SriLankan Airlines further said.