Record quantity of cargo was flown by Air India Express on 14th July 2021
Air cargo has been a bright spot for aviation amidst numerous challenges faced by the industry in the post COVID-19 scenario. Cargo-in-cabins have proved to be an effective solution for the growing demand for air cargo services during the pandemic, especially for perishable goods.
Air India Express responded to this rising demand for moving perishable goods by launching the cargo-in-cabin flights in April 2021. In order to retain the freshness and quality, perishable goods like fruits and vegetables need to be delivered quickly, and the Airline is doing just that. The cargo-in-cabin deliveries have boosted the overall cargo volume too.
Over 2500 tonnes of cargo was transported in June alone, with Calicut International Airport topping the list. The exported products were mainly fruits such as mangoes, Indian varieties of bananas and vegetables. Around 2000 tons of fruits and vegetables were carried by the flights in May.
Between 1st April 2021 and 14th July 2021, total cargo carried by Air India Express flights (other than the cargo in cabin) was 4884 tons. The Airline carried a record 163 tons of cargo on 14th July 2021.
Since its first cargo-in-the-cabin flight in April, the Airline has operated 207 cargo-in-cabin flights till 14th July with cargo on the seats and in the overhead bins. In total, during this period these flights transported 2779 tonnes of cargo, chiefly to the Gulf nations.
Cargo services are operated from Indian Cities-Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Kochi, Mangalore, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram and Trichy.
Air India Express will continue to support the farmers in their endeavour to supply fresh fruits and vegetables to international destinations, find more markets for their produce and keep the food supply chain active.