INDIA & MIDDLE EAST: SriLankan cargo centre goes high-tech

SriLankan Cargo is transforming its Cargo Centre at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) with stateof- the-art technology to further enhance its operational efficiency, and strengthen Colombo’s position as a key air cargo hub in the region, the carrier said recently. Among the recent enhancements have been Hand Held Bar Code Scanners to instantly upload information on […]


SriLankan Cargo is transforming its Cargo Centre at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) with stateof- the-art technology to further enhance its operational efficiency, and strengthen Colombo’s position as a key air cargo hub in the region, the carrier said recently. Among the recent enhancements have been Hand Held Bar Code Scanners to instantly upload information on any cargo item for preparation of Electronic Airway Bills and enable freight forwarders to complete bookings on the Internet. Other elements to come soon include a CCTV system to enhance security at the Cargo Centre. “SriLankan Cargo holds regular discussions with the Freight Forwarders Association and customer airlines to discuss the latest technological innovations which can enhance efficiency and convenience for all parties and ensure that the BIA Cargo Centre can better perform its role for our country’s importexport sectors and for the region. We also provided the staff of freight forwarders with training in the new technology,” said Janaka Munasinghe, manager Cargo Operations. SriLankan’s head of Worldwide Sales Mohamed Fazeel said SriLankan Cargo is aiming to make the BIA Cargo Centre “second to none in the region, and we are constantly seeking to add more value to the service we provide our customers, especially through the use of the latest technology.” SriLankan Cargo last year doubled its handling capacity with the commissioning of a new building to house a dedicated Exports Terminal. This included specialised areas for perishables, courier cargo, pure mail, cold rooms, chiller rooms, a vault for valuables and an animal holding room. BIA handled 156,142 tonnes of cargo in 2010 and set a new record for transshipment cargo at 26,445 tonnes.