Flying Goods

National carrier SriLankan Airlines is adding South Indian industrial city of Coimbatore to its growing dedicated cargo network from Wednesday. National carrier SriLankan Airlines is adding South Indian industrial city of Coimbatore to its growing dedicated cargo network from Wednesday. The airline which is 40 percent owned by Dubai’s Emirates Airlines, presently operates regular freighter services to Chennai (Madras), Bangalore, Trivandrum, and Male. This is in addition to SriLankan Airlines’ regular flights servicing 70 times weekly to 10 cities in India.

In 2004, SriLankan ferried 74,000 tonnes of cargo, of which just under 20,000 tonnes was carried on its two AN12F aircrafts, Nalin Rodrigo, Head of Cargo at SriLankan said Monday.

Each AN12F aircraft, can carry 17 metric tonnes of cargo in Palletts.

Operating on Wednesday and Saturday, to and from Coimbatore, SriLankan hopes to offer services to nearby industrial and agricultural towns of Karur, Erode, Tirupur, Salem, Coonoor, and Ooty.

Coimbatore is a highly industrialised area and is the second largest city located at the western end of the state of Tamil Nadu.

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