Fruit and vegetable exporters are worried as none of Kerala’s four airports have been included in the federal open sky policy for non-scheduled cargo flights. According to these exporters, none of the four airports in the state has been included in the operations of foreign, ad-hoc and pure non-scheduled freighter charter services and this would force them to depend on neighbouring airports for fulfilling their export commitments.
This would push up the cost of exports from Kerala, as the exporting community has to transport their cargo especially perishable commodities to nearby Bengaluru or Chennai, which is time consuming and expensive, said Munshid Ali, Head of Export Grievance Cell of Calicut Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He pointed out that the operations of pure non-scheduled freighter charter service flights are restricted to six airports — Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkatta, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Various chambers of commerce in the State have taken up the matter with the Centre to include Kerala airports in the new policy.