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Mangaluru Airport Begins International Cargo Operations, Sending Fruits and Vegetables to Abu Dhabi

Mangaluru International Airport Takes Off with International Cargo Operations

In an exciting development, Mangaluru International Airport has officially started its international cargo operations from its integrated cargo terminal. The inaugural flight, IX 815, carried a hefty 2,522 kgs of fruits and vegetables to Abu Dhabi, marking the beginning of a new chapter for the airport.

The formal launch took place on Friday, with key officials from AAHL Cargo, Mangaluru International Airport, Customs, Airlines like IndiGo and Air India Express, and the Airport Security Group of CISF in attendance. This much-awaited move comes just over a year after the airport initiated its domestic cargo operations in May 2023.

The appointment of the airport as Custodian and Customs Cargo Service Provider by the Commissioner of Customs on May 10 this year paved the way for the commencement of international cargo operations. Collaborating with regulatory authorities and airline partners, the airport diligently worked towards achieving its status as a Customs Cargo Service.

The start of international cargo operations at Mangaluru International Airport opens up new opportunities for exporters in coastal Karnataka and Kerala, as well as the hinterland. They can now export perishables like fresh fruits and vegetables, food items, machine parts, textiles, shoes, tropical fish, frozen and dry fish, plastic coloring materials, and ship parts via belly cargo.

With the support of IndiGo and Air India Express, exporters can now send cargo to various destinations including Dubai, Doha, Dammam, Kuwait, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, and Bahrain. On the domestic front, the airport has already seen success in handling 3706.02 tonnes of cargo in the first 11 months of its operation during the financial year 2024-25.

Interestingly, 95% of the outbound domestic cargo comprised post-office mail, consisting of essential documents such as credit/debit cards and Aadhaar cards related to banks and UIDAI. This expansion of services at Mangaluru International Airport signifies a significant milestone in enhancing trade and connectivity for the region.

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