Monday, June 7, 2010

Palau starts tuna export shipments via DMIA for Metro Manila market

The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) has the capability of handling world-class frozen cargo operations when the Pacific Flier started last May 27 its regular flights via Clark carrying 15 tons of tuna fish for distribution in Metro Manila.

Asia Foundation director Capt. Ben Solis said Pacific Flier will have regular flights to DMIA every Thursday and Sunday carrying 15 tons to 20 tons of tuna fish from Palau earmarked for Metro Manila market.

“This is an important element that DMIA can handle this kind of operations which makes it very accessible to Metro Manila because of the modern expressways that makes travel faster and convenient,” Solis added.

“The cargo world will recognize DMIA as an important part of their cargo operations in the Asia Pacific Region,” he said.

Solis said DMIA is not only for commercial international and local flights, but also for the shipping world to use the airport as their center for cargo operations.

“Clark is fully equipped to take this perishable items even transit them to Metro Manila and we have ground handlers to do this,” he said.

There are 50 to 60 tons of tuna fish available for shipment for Japan daily and transit them to other countries, Solis said.

DMIA is also host of international and local flights to destinations in the South East Asian Region being serviced by budget carriers operating out of Clark.

Solis express confidence that DMIA will continue to attract more international and local flights as well as cargo operations in the coming future, adding that the airport would be the next Premier International Gateway of the country.

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