On the cargo infrastructure front, country’s leading airport at Mumbai added a new feather in its cap last Friday when it unveiled a dedicated ‘Export Cold Zone’ for processing and storage of agro and pharma products. The new terminal is billed as the world’s largest airport based temperature controlled facility.
The new cargo terminal has 700 tonnes of one time capacity and 5.25 lakh tonnes of cumulative annual capacity, a Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) release explained while adding that the facility will be operated by MIAL’s business partner, Cargo Service Centre. The release further specified that the 6,000 square meter export cold zone is equipped with 12 truck docks with dock- levellers, spacious acceptance and examination area, automated workstations, X-Ray machines, unit load device (ULD) storage, ballmat system for ULD transfer and cold rooms. On the occasion of the new terminal launch, “MIAL Cooltainer” (a temperature-controlled transportation solution for pharma goods right from terminal to the tarmac) was also unveiled. CSMIA is the only airport in India to achieve the International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEIV accreditation.
Mumbai airport is the largest gateway for movement of pharma and agro products connecting to over 500 cargo destinations across 175 countries through 60 airlines.
(Artistic impression of the center procured from company’s linkedin wall)