SriLankan Cargo has projected that the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Cargo Centre will handle over 180,000 metric tonnes of cargo this year.
“The BIA Cargo Centre is on course for a record breaking year, if volumes continue as we expect them to. Our projections are that we will handle over 180,000 metric tonnes in 2012, which would surpass the existing record,” Janaka Munasinghe, Senior Manager Worldwide Cargo Operations at SriLankan, said.
The National Carrier is closely supporting the vision of the Government of Sri Lanka to transform Sri Lanka into a hub for both shipping and air freight.
Remarkably, the SriLankan Cargo Centre has in almost every month this year surpassed the previous records for those months. Total tonnage handled in the first seven months of 2012 recorded a 12.5% increase, while total transshipment cargo registered an 11% increase.
July 2012 witnessed a single-month record of 16,136 metric tonnes, surpassing the 16,033 tonnes set in March 2006.
The total transshipment of 3,387 metric tonnes in July 2012 was also a single-month record. Total transshipment cargo over the first seven months of this year was the highest ever as well at 19,909 tonnes.
The National Carrier’s cargo arm is also preparing for its role at Hambantota International Airport, the country’s second airport which is due to commence operations in early 2013.