May 18, 2016 (LBO) – SriLankan Cargo, the freight handling arm of state-owned SriLankan Airlines has set a record for the amount of tonnage handled during a single month reporting, 21,743 metric tonnes in March at BIA.
SriLankan Airlines said the figure has surpassed the previous highest amount of 20,040 tonnes, achieved a year ago in March 2015.
“This has exceeded the design capacity of the SriLankan Cargo Centre, which is 20,833 tonnes per month,” the Airline said.
In 2015, the Centre set a new record for total freight handled at BIA during a single year – 212,277 tonnes, which included 35,877 tonnes of transshipment cargo and it surpassed the 199,651 tonnes handled in 2014.
“Our Cargo Centre has already handled 56,780 tonnes during the first three months of this year,” Chamara Ranasinghe, Head of Cargo at SriLankan Airlines said.
“It is the highest total that we have seen during the January to March period during any year, surpassing the 52,169 tonnes in the comparable period last year.”
25,000 square metre SriLankan Cargo Centre is the sole cargo handler at BIA, where it deals with cargo of all airlines that operate to Sri Lanka’s main international airport, including imports, exports and transshipments.
SriLankan Cargo operates to all of SriLankan Airlines’ 99 destinations in 47 countries on its all-Airbus fleet of A320, A321 and A330 aircraft.
It also operates a dedicated freighter service in South Asia providing scheduled flights to cities in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka with charter operations to many other cities in the region.