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Pets can now be exported through Cochin Airport

Luka, the puppy; the first pet to fly international from CIAL

The facility to export pets abroad through Cochin airport has come into existence, bringing cheers to the pet owners who cannot afford to abandon their pets while moving abroad. On Thursday morning, a Lhasa Apso breed puppy named 'Luka' made history as the first pet to fly from Kochi to Dubai via Doha. The pet cargo was handled by Qatar Airways.  Luka is the beloved pet of Rajesh Susheelan and Kavitha Rajesh, originally hailing from Attingal, Thiruvananthapuram. Rajesh manages a business in Dubai. With this clearance, Cochin Airport became the only airport in Kerala with the permission to export pets abroad. To support this service, CIAL has established a 24-hour air-conditioned pet station, a special cargo section, veterinary doctor on call, a customs clearance centre, and a facilitation centre for individuals accompanying pets for export. Previously, CIAL had authorization only for domestic departure and arrival for the pets. Now, with the clearance, pets can  be carried as cargo in specially prepared cages to all foreign countries. Efforts are also underway to obtain permission for the direct import of pet animals from abroad. To facilitate this, a special 'Animal Quarantine' centre is being established. In addition to the pet export facility, CIAL already has the permission to export and import fruits and plants. To facilitate this, a ‘Plant Quarantine’ centre is operational near the cargo section. To avail this service, cargo handling agencies or airlines need to be contacted. S. Suhas IAS, Managing Director of CIAL, emphasized the management's objective to equip Cochin airport with the same standards of facilities found in India's leading airports. “ We are trying to offer a comprehensive package to our passengers. As part of this, all passenger touch points have been automated and various value-added facilities have been established. The implementation of the animal import facility is underway. Also, sophisticated security systems like full body scanners will be introduced soon”, said Suhas. 
 

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