Perishable centre opens at Kempegowda in India

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A perishable cargo handling centre has opened at Kempegowda International Airport in India, according to the Indian publication The Hindu’s online edition.

The newspaper claims it is the first airport in the country to have such a facility, which commenced trial operations on Monday. Aisats Coolport is operated by Air India SATS Airport Services (AISATS).

The centre is spread over 11,000 square metres and have a handling capacity of 40,000 tonnes per annum for perishables, such as pharmaceutical, fruits, vegetables, poultry, sea food and flowers.

It will reportedly house 17 dedicated storage cold rooms with temperatures ranging between -25 degrees Celsius to +25 degrees Celsius.

Kempegowda International Airport has reportedly seen a steady increase in the volume of perishables with a compounded annual growth rate of 15 per cent.

The Hindu claims the official inauguration of the centre will be by the end of the year.