Export from Calcutta airport has come to a standstill for the past two days following an agitation by the cargo agents association which is demanding commission at an enhanced rate.
The city airport exports about 25 to 26 tonnes of commodities daily, an official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said on Thursday. A limited quantity of goods, stored in the airport godown before the agitation started, was airlifted by Lufthansa during the day.
An All India Air Cargo Agents Association spokesperson said on Thursday that they had demanded a five per cent hike in commission in view of the airlines authorities’ decision to increase cargo charges since the US-Afghan war. The airlines had increased lifting charges by Rs 12 per kilogram on fuel and security charges.