Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has transported record volumes of mangoes from Mumbai in the months of May and June this year.
The air cargo carrier witnessed a growth of more than 50% in the volume of mangoes transported in May this year as compared to the same period last year. Close to 1130 tonnes of mangoes were uplifted from Mumbai to other destinations around the world through Emirates SkyCargo’s extensive global network in May 2018. The mangoes were uplifted both as belly hold cargo on passenger aircraft as well as on freighter aircraft.
Since April 2018, over 2650 tonnes of mangoes have been exported on Emirates SkyCargo from India out of which 2142 tonnes were from Mumbai. Major markets to which Indian mangoes are transported on Emirates SkyCargo include the Middle East, UK, USA, Canada and other parts of Europe.
India is one of the major exporters of premium mangoes in the world with the peak export season normally falling between April and June every year. The state of Maharashtra is the largest grower of mangoes in the country exporting over 30,000 tonnes every year and Mumbai is therefore an important gateway for the mango exports.
Between April and June 2018, Emirates SkyCargo has also exported over 2290 tonnes of other perishables from Mumbai. A large volume of fruits and vegetables were also exported to UK and also the Middle East region during Ramadan which tends to be one of the busiest seasons for exports of perishables.
By facilitating exports of perishables around the globe, Emirates SkyCargo makes an important contribution to regions where the cultivation of fruits and vegetables is an important economic activity. Emirates SkyCargo has developed Emirates Fresh- a specialised suite of transportation solutions that help keep perishables such as mangoes fresh during air transportation.
Emirates SkyCargo operates a fleet of over 265 modern, all wide-body aircraft including 14 dedicated freighters. The air cargo carrier offers extensive cool chain facilities at its state of the art cargo terminals in Dubai for the transport of temperature sensitive goods including pharmaceuticals and perishables. In addition, Emirates SkyCargo also provides supplementary protection to cargo using innovative equipment including the White Cover thermal blankets, White Containers and the world’s first Ventilated Cool Dollies.