BLR Airport handles 180,745 kg of pomegranates from April-August 2020

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Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru has processed 180,745 kgs of pomegranates from April to August 2020, emerging as the leading airport for pomegranate exports from India.

The airport also accounted for 99% of the total pomegranate exports from Karnataka, according to the data available from the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCIS).

The fruit was exported to 12 international destinations, by nine global freight carriers – Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines.

The cargo infrastructure has been built to ensure the rapid distribution of perishable cargo, making the Bengaluru international airport the preferred cargo airport in South India. The airport has a dedicated cold zone – AISATS CoolPort – with the capacity to handle 40,000 MT per annum and temperature zones ranging from -25 to +25 degrees Centigrade, under the same roof and Menzies Aviation Bobba Bangalore, with the capacity to handle 20,000 MT per annum.