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Increase In SriLankan’s Cargo Capacity At CMB

Fri Aug 13, 2004 2:22 am

Enclosed please find following UL press release. Good to see UL not only expanding on the pax segment.
New Awning increases SriLankan’s cargo capacity at BIA

SriLankan Cargo took yet another step forward in its quest to make Colombo the Cargo Hub of the Indian Ocean, with the completion of a giant awning at the Cargo Centre of the Bandaranaike International Airport at a cost of 30 million rupees.

The awning added 3,500 square metres of working area to the earlier capacity of 8,000 square metres, an increase of 44%. Located on the runway side of the Cargo Centre, the prefabricated steel structure was completed in only six months.

“SriLankan Cargo has been handling more business than it has ever done before, and the amount of imports, exports and trans-shipment cargo keeps on increasing,” said Nalin Rodrigo, Head of Cargo at SriLankan. “We expect this to continue increasing, as we expand our dedicated freighter operations in the region, coupled with the expansion of regular flights of SriLankan Airlines and the increase in traffic of all airlines that fly to Colombo.”

SriLankan Cargo has greatly expanded its operations as the airline rapidly expands its fleet, frequencies and number of destinations. In addition, SriLankan Cargo also operates two Antonov AN12 dedicated freighter aircraft in the region, and is exploring the possibility of acquiring a third freighter. Increased cargo traffic is also expected following the recent signing of the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA), which is aimed at making a free trade block of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives.

"We needed to cope with the demand of expanded operations until the new Cargo Centre building is completed early next year," said Janaka Munasinghe, Manager Cargo Operations.

The earlier capacity of the Cargo Centre was 100,000 metric tones per year, but SriLankan Cargo far exceeded that and handled 125,000 metric tones last year. A second warehouse, which is currently under construction, will increase the Centre’s annual handling capacity to 300,000 metric tonnes. SriLankan Cargo handles cargo of all airlines, numbering about 30, which operate through Colombo.

SriLankan Airlines Cargo Centre won a Merit Award at the 8th Annual Taiki Akimoto 5S Competition conducted by JASTICA last year.

"The awning enables our staff to work uninterrupted at all times of day and night, no matter if there are monsoon rains lashing outside. We expect the level of efficiency to improve even on sunny days, as our staff will be protected from the sun," said Munasinghe.

For further details on SriLankan Cargo, visit

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RE: Increase In SriLankan’s Cargo Capacity At CMB

Fri Aug 13, 2004 10:20 pm

Thanks for the news Gabe! Apart from Bangkok, where else do the AN12's fly to?

On a different agenda, do you know how the construction on upgrading the Colombo airport is going? Any idea when its expected to be finished?
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RE: Increase In SriLankan’s Cargo Capacity At CMB

Fri Aug 13, 2004 10:42 pm

regards Sri Lankan Cargo fleet upgrade

I read an interview with Peter Hill (SriLankan CEO) in which he talked about the possibility of the purchase of an A310F...given the cheap prices of A310s currently, i think this is quite possible.
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RE: Increase In SriLankan’s Cargo Capacity At CMB

Fri Aug 13, 2004 11:10 pm

The AN12 also flies into Gan, Karachi, Male and if not mistaken into one or two South Indian destinations as well. For more details on that, chk

BIA Upgrade Stage 1 should be completed mid/end next year, but I will try to get an update on that and let you know.
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