A 4,000-square metre international cargo terminal, converted out of the old terminal at a cost of Rs. one crore was commissioned at Tiruchi Airport on Monday.

With a holding capacity of 250 tonnes, the terminal is envisaged to strengthen trade connectivity to middle-east and far-east destinations from the central and southern districts. Presently, 150 tonnes of perishable products are being exported from the airport every month. Export-import operations for all kinds of products will commence once the Customs department grants custodianship to Airports Authority of India. “Customs clearance is expected in a day or two,” D. Devaraj, Regional Executive Director, Airports Authority of India, told mediapersons after commissioning the facility.

After the impending expansion of runway to over 10,000 feet, exclusive cargo flights could be operated. A survey of 430 acres the AAI had sought for runway expansion had been completed and the State government would issue a notification. The runway would be extended to 12,000 feet after the land was handed over, he said.

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