India's Paramount launches cargo division

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Indian regional jet operator Paramount Airways has launched a cargo division to help it fill the spare bellyhold space on its Embraer E-jet aircraft.

The carrier says in a statement that it has launched "time-sensitive cargo operations" with Chennai as its hub.

"The airline has optimised the belly space of all its five aircraft and will operate with inbound and outbound flights to destinations like Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Kochi, Vizag, Tiruchirapalli, Ahmedabad, Goa and Pune," it says.

"Paramount Cargo will be ideal for sizeable courier loads and perishable commodities like floriculture, aquaculture and livestock, besides various other materials like electrical components and medical cargo. It has a dedicated warehouse to meet the growing business and is equipped with scanning facilities, weighing scale, security and highly skilled professionals."

Paramount says it will be offering point to point delivery and it expects to carry around 100t of freight per day, adding that cargo revenues may eventually account for up to 15% of its overall revenue.