Bhubaneswar, Jan 27: Today the international cargo services was launched at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here. The event was inaugurated by the Chief secretary, Aditya Prasad Padhi. Now all the processors and exporters of the state will be able to reach and tap markets in Middle East, Far East and European countries where demands for items like seafood, agro, handloom, handicrafts and spice exist. This would prove to be highly beneficial for the industry and trade to get the facility of dispatching cargo directly from BPIA instead of the current practice of sending cargo via road to Hyderabad or Kolkata. In order to begin these cargo services, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has arranged a hall adjacent to the domestic air cargo terminal for the purpose. It has also accorded concurrence to the city office of the AAI to become the custodian of the international air cargo terminal.
On asking about the commencement of international flight services from the city airport, he said Air Asia is most likely to begin its services to Kuala Lumpur in April this year.