With a large population of expatriate Keralites based in the Gulf, freight forwarders and shippers in the region are keen to see the start of Emirates SkyCargo’s services to Thiruvananthapuram, the cargo division’s second destination in Kerala.

On February 1, Emirates SkyCargo will launch services to Thiruvananthapuram with eight weekly flights using a combination of Airbus A330-200 and Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The cargo division of Emirates will also escalate services to Cochin, with two additional weekly flights to make it a daily, and to Chennai, which will be upped to eight from the current four weekly flights.

The combination of new and additional flights will help to better serve the cargo communities in all three cities in South India and are expected to catalyse trade between India and its trading partners in the Middle East, Europe and the US.

Emirates SkyCargo will now offer the cargo community around 135 tons of belly-hold capacity every week to Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai each, and 120 tons to Cochin. These capacities are also supplemented by Emirates SkyCargo’s Boeing 747-200F freighter, which flies to Chennai once a week offering a capacity of 105 tons.

Retailers, restaurants and households in the Middle East, Europe and the US can look forward to fresh vegetables, foodstuff and spices from Kerala to arrive in mint condition as Emirates SkyCargo’s cool dollies, special facilities and staff at the Dubai International Airport will help maintain the cool chain for these perishable products.

Garments, textiles, coir products, electrical products and other handicrafts are also important exports from this coastal state of India that are in high demand across Emirates’ network. Kerala is also home to the manufacture of fine and intricate gold jewelry, which finds booming trade markets in the Middle East, including the Dubai gold souks and the Dubai Gold and Diamond Park. Emirates SkyCargo’s solutions such as specially developed containers, highly secured storage areas and constant surveillance guarantee the highest levels of security for these treasured valuables.

The retail industry in Kerala is looking forward to connect quickly and efficiently to Emirates SkyCargo’s vast network spanning the Middle East, Europe and the US to help import electronics, household goods, consumer goods such as televisions and music systems, computer parts and spares, and personal effects. Emirates SkyCargo’s extensive and scheduled road feeder services in South India between Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore and Tirupur extend its distribution capabilities and provide customers with the convenience of local delivery.

Emirates SkyCargo has established a robust presence in India and will now offer more than 1,000 tons of cargo capacity every week, with a combination of dedicated freighter and belly-hold capacity in the 57 non-stop flights a week between Dubai and India, including 19 to Mumbai, seven to Delhi and eight to Hyderabad. Emirates SkyCargo serves 78 destinations in 55 countries including five cargo-only destinations ’ Amsterdam, Bangalore, Gothenburg, Lilongwe, and Taipei.