First domestic dedicated freighter lands at Lengpui airport in Aizawl

Aizawl, 26 Aug 2020 (Times Now): Airports Authority of India at North East Region is focusing on promoting local products and the farm products to the outside world apart from building and maintaining aviation infrastructure in the region. Enhancing one such move on Tuesday (August 26), the first domestic dedicated freighter landed at Aizawl in Mizoram.

Under the "Krishi-Udan" scheme, the services have been started in the region and it is aimed at benefiting the local farmers and villagers whose products have higher values outside and the motive is that they should be paid at per the demand services. Lauding the efforts of the AAI and the cargo wing-Airports Authority of India Cargo Logistics & Allied Services Ltd.

Regional Executive Director, AAI, Sanjeev Jindal told Times Now that it was one of his wishes that has come true after a dedicated domestic freighter started its services in North East India. Spicejet freighter Q400 arrived from Kolkata bringing 5,800 Kg air cargo. The weekly cargo service will be available from Lengpui, Aizawl to Kolkata and other cities of North East India depending on the potentiality of Air cargo in the area.

The services of Spicejet's dedicated freighters are presently available at Legpui airport and Guwahati connecting through Kolkata. The previous first freighter, again from Spicejet, operated from Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati to Hong-Kong on 19 and 26 January 2019 consisting of fruit and vegetables sourced from the local area and adjacent districts of Guwahati.

Significantly the customs, EDI and plant quarantine services are also available at Guwahati airport. In return, outgoing cargo flight from Mizoram, different type of local products such as orange, lemon, banana, ginger, pineapple and cut flowers were loaded. North East India is known for its rich green and organic farm products which have demand in the domestic and international market, the need is to connect them with faster cargo services with affordable freighter rates, as most of the perishable products are wasted due to lack of storage and connectivity within the fix time-frame or the shelf life of the products.
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