Emirates SkyCargo transports 23% of Sri Lanka’s airfreight cargo | Sunday Observer

Emirates SkyCargo transports 23% of Sri Lanka’s airfreight cargo

28 October, 2018
Kapila Santhapriya
Kapila Santhapriya

Sri Lanka’s exports range from fresh fish to delicate flowers and many are colourful, tasty or fragrant and must arrive at their destinations on time and in pristine condition, a service Emirates SkyCargo continues to provide with distinction.

According to figures released by the airline’s Colombo office, its freight division transported 27,000 tonnes of cargo from Colombo in 2017-18, a significant 23 % of the 118,000 tonnes of goods the island exported by air during the year.

With 28 weekly flights from and into Colombo, and a carrying capacity of approximately 20 tons of cargo in the belly hold of each Boeing 777 aircraft, Emirates SkyCargo is one of the main carriers of Sri Lanka’s trade commodities.

Edible fish, fruit and vegetables, flowers and other cut foliage and ready made garments are among the principal exports that SkyCargo transports from Sri Lanka to global markets.

An important volume of Sri Lankan exports are perishables and Emirates SkyCargo offers specialised air transport solutions under the ‘Emirates Fresh’ umbrella which helps maintain the freshness of the goods.

“In 2017-18, Emirates SkyCargo carried more than 7,500 tonnes of fish, which is about 40% of the 17,500 tonnes of edible fish that Sri Lanka exported to USA and Europe,” said Kapila Santhapriya, Emirates Cargo Manager Sri Lanka & Maldives.

Emirates SkyCargo also transported 5,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables from the country during the last financial year.

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